Welcome to the Caroline Can! website. This campaign effort was launched in Fall 2007 in honor of Caroline Owen, a dynamic and determined 23-year-old who is recovering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) sustained in a car accident in November 2006. After the accident, Caroline was in the hospital for 7 months. Now at home, Caroline is continuing on her road to recovery through out-patient therapy and a lot of hard work! The progress Caroline has made has been due to her work ethic and commitment, and the amazing therapy she has received at the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center at the Fort Sanders Hospital in Knoxville, TN.
To celebrate the progress Caroline is making and to help ensure others with similar injuries will have access to the exceptional services at the Patricia Neal Center, we have launched the Caroline Can! campaign. All donations will go to support a training scholarship our family has endowed to allow the therapists to attend continuing education courses to learn the latest techniques and technologies available for treating TBI. Caroline has benefited from many of these advancements, and we want to make sure that others can benefit from that training as well.
In honor of Caroline, her brothers, Jay and Reid Owen, attempted to swim across the English Channel in August 2008. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate for a cross-Channel swim (the cliche about English weather is TRUE), but the boys did end up swimming 26 miles in a 7.5 hour relay inside the Dover Harbor in the cold, rough waters of the Channel. And they did it without wetsuits! As part of the Channel swim, we were able to raise over $48,000 towards the endowment!!
Since the first event was so successful, and we enjoyed it so much, we decided to extend the campaign to a 5-year goal of raising $100,000. After a half-ironman in New Hampshire with 18 teammates and three Rev3 triathlons in Knoxville (including Caroline as a racer!) we are proud to say that the $100,000 goal has been met.