Lincoln, Neb. -- Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital has collaborated with V2 Content to produce "Pathways," a documentary about brain injury rehabilitation. To view a trailer of this documentary, visit www.Madonna.org. The world-premiere will be shown at the 2009 Madonna Chair's GOAL Awards event on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at The Cornhusker Marriott, 333 S. 13th St. in Lincoln.
Brain injury has received national attention due to high profile cases involving well-known media figures, athletes and military personnel. Although there have been amazing recoveries, like that of journalist Bob Woodruff, little has been shown of medical rehabilitation's vital role in achieving these breakthroughs.
The documentary was filmed by Nebraska natives and award-winning videographers Brandon and Tiffany Verzal, who were working for the Texas A&M sports media department when they received a call that changed their lives. The couple's 1-year-old daughter Alexis was limp and unresponsive at her daycare provider's home.
After rushing to the hospital, they discovered the shocking news that Alexis had suffered injuries at her daycare consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. The Verzals turned to the CARF accredited pediatric brain injury program at Madonna to help their daughter make the best possible recovery. Encouraged by Alexis' improvement, Brandon and Tiff decided to stay in Lincoln so Alexis could continue her rehabilitation program.
They started their own video production company, V2 Content, and the "Pathways" documentary project was born. What began as a personal project to document their own daughter's progress, expanded to include the journeys of three other remarkable young people: Derek Ruth, Amanda Kays and Christian Brinson Stokes. Four individuals with different types of brain injuries, but united on the path to hope through rehabilitation. These patients will be honored with a Madonna GOAL Award at the 15th annual event, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Tickets for the event are $40 per seat and can be purchased online at www.Madonna.org or by calling (402) 483-9813.
The complete version of the documentary will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, 313 N. 13th St. The event is open to the public with doors opening at 5 p.m. for a reception followed by the showing of "Pathways" at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information about this event, contact Michaella Kumke at (402) 483-9479.