Robert Herald

ROBERT Hope

I was raised in a small farm town in Illinois. I went to college at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee where I met Joyce Shumaker at a coffee shop. After graduation I went to work for IBM in Rochester Minnesota and continued to visit Joyce who was completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

We married and have two sons, Matthew and James. Matthew is a Psychiatrist near Milwaukee and James is a Walgreens drugstore manager in Colorado. After 28 years as an Electrical Engineer for IBM, I took early retirement and went to work for Hewlett-Packard as a database manager and a data analyst.

I worked for them for ten years and then retired. Joyce and I enjoy traveling and watching our two granddaughters, Asha, 7, and Noelle, 5, grow and learn. I am happy and excited that I met Catherine and Hope For Trauma. It has taken me out of the easy life of retirement and given me a challenge, a goal and a purpose.

Terry Aiken

As a global social changer and motivator of humans for more than 30 years, Terry Aiken develops, implements and evaluates life’s situations for organizations, communities and individuals. His passion is to help guide others towards living healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives: How can you make a difference today? What needs are we called to fill? Terry believes great things can be accomplished by average people that are moved by a passion to fulfill their purpose and provide something of value to others in both professional and personal life.

High Point College aka High Point University afforded him a quality education with a personal touch. He completed a B.A. in Human Relations and an American Humanics (non-profit management) Graduate Studies in 1986.

Terry is a connoisseur of classic movies, cooking and eating Italian foods with family and friends. Travelled to Germany, Australia, Canada, Italy, and cross-country through the United States has made this Brooklyn born and Yankees fan a renaissance man.

Life’s Quote: The joy is in the journey!

John Hammer

“Imagine yourself volunteering to serve our country and finding yourself in the middle of The Gulf War when a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on top of a 5-ton truck hits you in the head.
Meet John Hammer – USMC survivor TBI.”

His face was forced into the ring mount. His teeth cut through his lower jaw and he fell about 10 – 12 feet on his head and ended up underneath the truck.
Today, he still struggles with balance, hearing, thought, speech and sleep disturbances.

“I bought a trike to ride a get active with my family again after talking to Catherine. It gets me outside doing something because I don’t like public places that are too loud and too bright.” – John Hammer USMC

Pedaling along on the road to Margaritaville

September 24, 2014
By: Lucas Johnson/Staff Writer

Zimmerman, Brubaker tell story about a journey with neurological disorders.

If you’ve ever felt exhaustion while pedaling up a large hill on your bike you may appreciate Dan Zimmerman and Catherine Brubaker’s story.

The two have been on their recumbent trikes since June 30 of this year and travelled over 2,500 miles thus far. The journey began in Anacortes, Wash., and the group is set to end the 5,200-mile trek in Key West Fla., in late November.

As if riding across the Rockies, Cascades and thousands of miles of road isn’t monumental in itself, both Zimmerman and Brubaker have achieved this feat while dealing with neurological disorders.

At age 41, Zimmerman suffered a stroke leaving him paralyzed on his right side. Doctors told him he would never walk or talk again, but four years later, Zimmerman is riding across the country on his recumbent trike. In fact, because of the design of the tricycle, which allows blood to flow to the head easier, Zimmerman has experienced a significant increase in recovery.

While riding in Phoenix, Ariz., Zimmerman met Brubaker, both of whom were riding the same tricycle design and were wearing the same jersey at the time. The two exchanged contact information and after doing some reading on Zimmerman’s website, Brubaker was motivated to make a change in her life as well so she committed to the 5,200-mile ride with Zimmerman.

Brubaker’s story starts in 2010 when she sustained a traumatic brain injury after being assaulted. After her injury she had to learn to walk and talk again during which time her life became extremely difficult and weighed heavily on her mentally. Looking for an avenue of freedom, Brubaker decided to purchase a recumbent trike and now after using a walker to help her last September, Brubaker is pedaling across the country as well.

The two passed through Marshall Thursday, Sept 18, where they made a brief pit stop at Back from the Past Bicycles and grabbed a bite to eat at JoAn’s Drive-In before heading to Arrow Rock and then the Katy trail on their way to Florida. Zimmerman stated he was doing this to raise hope for people who have suffered a stroke or other disabling brain injury.

For information on the trip you can view Zimmerman’s story at www.spokesfightingstrokes.org