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Terri Mauro

Family of Injured Snowboarder Talks of TBI and Down Syndrome

By March 1, 2010

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Kevin PearceIf you've been watching the Olympics more faithfully than I, you may have already seen Tom Brokaw's interview with the family of snowboarder Kevin Pearce (pictured). I didn't check it out until I read about it Saturday on the blog Life With My Special Ks, and if you're also behind in your Olympic inspirational viewing, do go give it a look now.

Pearce, who was to be a member of the U.S. Olympic team, suffered traumatic brain injury in a snowboarding accident last December and is slowly, slowly making his way back. In the interview, his family movingly recounts how their experience with Kevin's older brother David, who has Down syndrome, taught them patience and appreciation for progress in whatever form it takes.

The Pearces' story illustrates that "special needs" can happen to anyone -- in the time it takes for a head to hit a halfpipe -- and that families of children with disabilities often gain resilience and perspective that can help them weather the unexpected. For more information on Kevin and David, read:

Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

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