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2022 Magical Memories Gala

Las Posas Country Club • Camarillo, CA
October 15, 2022 • 5:30pm

The 20th Annual Fundraiser Supporting the Programs of the Brain Injury Center of Ventura County.

Details About the Event

We are honoring Midge Stork, community member (posthumous)
and Donna Green, survivor this year.

Midge Stork; a visionary and a doer. Co-founder of the BICVC, along with her husband Dave, passed away this year in March. She will be missed so much for her hard work and caring heart. Many know the story but it was a remarkable act of courage to start this amazing non-profit when no one knew anything about TBI in 1984. Her daughter had been in quite the car accident and was technically in a coma for 6 months. Always the optimist, she wanted others to get the support they needed and know they were not alone.

Photo of Dave and Midge Stork together in the yard.

The Board was formed and the fundraisers and social events began in the Stork home and others who gave of their time. Dave and Midge's good friends really helped to keep it going and gave survivors a chance to have fun and meet others with similar challenges. Her goal was to educate the public about head trauma and make it somehow a little easier for the next family.

Midge did her share of delegating, however, one could often find her doing so much of the grunt work to make it all happen. Her deep faith encouraged her to be bold in her love for others. Her endless energy amazed us all. Her dying wish was to have an office of BICVC right next to Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. She wanted to have a place where survivors and families could get good initial information and have a place to stay for a period of time. Maybe some day… Thank you Midge for all you meant to us!

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When Donna Green was just a few months old, she was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus. Since she was 6 and 1/2 years old, she was under a pediatric neurosurgeon's care. She thrived under his care and was able to live a very happy, independent, and normal life. The shunt that he implanted when she was a young girl never created any issues until its life-span of around 15 years was creeping to a close. When she underwent revision surgery on January 12, 2015, her life changed drastically. She came out of surgery pretty damaged, but at the time, she was still able to walk, just not well. Her condition continued to decline to the point that her neurosurgeon told her parents there was nothing else he could do to help.

In 2016, Donna was taken to the emergency department at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center under the care of neurosurgeon, Dr. Bergsneider. He ended up only doing 2 neurosurgeries versus the 20+ that she had gone through previously.

Donna is incredibly grateful to her family for fighting alongside me. In her words..."I would definitely not be where I am now, if not for all of the support and love around me. Family, friends, doctors, nurses, therapists, this absolutely incredible support group, even insurance companies -Gold Coast-… it's teamwork that carried me to this point in my healing journey. So, thank you to absolutely everyone, for being there beside me through it all. My journey has been, finally, on the uphill climb, but it's definitely not over just yet."