TEAGUE (June 29, 2012)--A woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident is raising awareness by holding a Global Picnic, as part of a nationwide event Saturday.
Jackie Goodwin, of Teague, was ejected from the backseat of a car in 2009 after a back tire blew when the driver put on the brakes to keep from hitting a deer.
She was in a coma for two months and was later transported to a nursing home in Groesbeck, only to develop a staph infection in her brain.
Eventually Goodwin was released to go home where she learned to feed and clothe herself again.
Goodwin is holding her own Brain Injury Global Picnic from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the city park next to the Teague Rodeo.
She will be answering questions and sharing her story to raise awareness for people of all ages.
"It's actually very timely since rodeo participants are susceptible to head injuries and children are out riding their bikes in the summer," Goodwin said,
Goodwin said the picnic will be like an informational session; she wants people to know that life changes forever when you suffer a brain injury.
"Friendships suffer and daily functions grow more difficult," Goodwin said.
Goodwin's father died after sustaining a head injury when getting out of a truck and her husband also died from a brain injury.
The Global Picnic was an idea that sprung from Annie Ricketts, a resident of the United Kingdom who wrote the book, "My Latent Self, Recovering My Soul After Brain Injury."
The picnic will also coincide with a worldwide attempt to set a record for the most people picnicking in 24 hours.
A minimum of 25 picnickers at each event is needed to qualify.
The current record stands at 22,232.