The 38 Challenge was created to honor the legacy of Matt Brewer – an incredible athlete, a decorated marine, and most importantly, a loving son and brother. Tragically, Matt took his own life due to the effects of suspected CTE and PTSD. The 38 Challenge has one common goal: to endure 38 minutes of suffering to protect the livelihoods of the warriors who protect us.
We’re learning that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) isn’t just affecting athletes, but is showing up frequently in our nations heroes. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) due to military service-related causes is a significant problem for our active military and veteran community. In fact, from 2000 to 2019 ore than 414,000 TBI’s have been reported among U.S. Service members and more than 185,000 veterans enrolled in the VA health care have been diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury. Even with knowing how many service members are afflicted by TBI, the understanding of TBI and related disorders such as CTE is in its infancy. That’s why we are teaming up with the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF) to support CTE research through brain donations. Help other veterans by pledging to donate your brain and learn more about CLF’s Project Enlist, their program specifically aimed at accelerating CTE research in military Veterans.
Athletes and CTE
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease found in individuals with a history of repetitive brain trauma. Contact sport athletes are especially vulnerable, due to the thousands of head impacts they receive over their careers. Despite this understanding of the disease, we still lack accurate diagnostic tests for living patients and effective treatments. While we work towards a cure, the Concussion Legacy Foundation supports those struggling with suspected CTE through the CLF HelpLine. If you or someone you know is struggling with suspected CTE, reach out to the CLF HelpLine for personalized