The Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation is a non-profit volunteer based organization. It was created in Patrick’s memory to help prevent CTE in future athletes and military service members; and to provide a resource for understanding the disease, how it is caused, and how to stop it. CTE is an acronym for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. It is a progressive brain disease which is believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. This insidious disease slowly and painfully destroys your brain. And it destroys the person in the process. Sadly today on midget, middle school, high school, and college fields everywhere in this country, aspiring young athletes are training and practicing and playing, so often oblivious to the danger they face.
One mission of the Patrick Risha CTE Awareness Foundation is to provide parents of school age children (who have very susceptible brains) with information about the dangers of sports which involve head trauma. Football is at the top of the list, and pretty much involves players repeatedly taking hits to the head. But the list is long, from bull riding to cheerleading and beyond. And sadly our brave military service members are coming home with the disease in alarming numbers.
None of us knew back then what we NEED to know today. The human brain is not designed to smack around the inside of the skull. Particularly in young people, helmets do not protect the athlete from CTE.
We hope that our efforts will help enable parents to make informed choices and prevent the sure sadness that comes from watching a bright mind literally become unwired.
In Patrick’s memory, this foundation will do everything it can to make a difference.
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