Brandon La Forest was 27, working on his master's degree in Administration and had a job he loved as a district manager for an insurance company in Madison Heights. He was cruising on I-96 near Lansing on October 5, 2010, when traffic backed up. In a single, excruciating moment, everything that defined Brandon would be smashed, destroyed, wrecked, much like the Chrystler Sebring he was driving that day.
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I recently had the opportunity to speak to students at Baker College in early November of 2012. I spoke to them about my brain injury and how I did not let anyone tell me I could not do something. My presentation went something like this.
Brandon La Forest became a “1 percenter” in a way that no one seeks but he has accepted.
La Forest, 31, of Bruce Township, was critically injured in a Lansing car crash in October 2010, after which doctors said there was a 99 percent chance he would never be able to walk or take care of himself again. He suffered a major head injury.
“All the doctors said he probably wouldn’t wake up, and if he did, he would be a vegetable,” said his younger sister, Jennifer.
In October 2010, Brandon La Forest, a 29-year-old Macomb County resident, suffered a traumatic brain injury from which many medical professionals doubted he could recover. But two years after the incident he is well on his way to recovery thanks to sheer determination, an iron will and intensive therapy and rehabilitation.
Brandon La Forest was 27, he was cruising on Oct. 5, 2010, headed to a meeting for work, when traffic backed up.
In a single, excruciating moment, everything that defined Brandon would be smashed, destroyed, wrecked, much like the Chrysler Sebring he was driving that day. Much like his body.