T.O. Fountain to be dedicated to TBI Survivors
From 10:00 am to 11:00 am
The public is invited to attend the dedication of a fountain to survivors of traumatic brain injury at the corner of Erbes and Hood roads in Thousand Oaks at 10 a.m. Aug. 18.
Chris Power-Gomez, who as a pedestrian was hit by a bus in 2010, built the fountain. The property, a fixer-upper purchased two years after his accident, became a key part of his therapy. Rebuilding the house into a home and sanctuary became his focus and a way to deal with the debilitating anxiety he suffered as the result of his injury. Power-Gomez said the high-profile location of this fountain inspired him to make something everyone could enjoy. He said creating the fountain was tough work from digging and plastering to engineering the three spouts that shoot water from 5 to 8 feet in the air to land in a recirculating pond. He said the process forced him to think, build and problem solve and was monumental in his recovery.
Power-Gomez said he is dedicating the fountain to survivors as a symbol of his recovery and to raise awareness for traumatic brain injury. “It’s a way for me to give back. You see, I had a circle of angels, that’s why I’m here today. I shouldn’t be.” He said those angels will be at the dedication in the form of doctors, caregivers, witnesses, nurses, psychologists, lawyers, friends and family.
Power-Gomez has created a brand – ReVitality – to represent his renewal. He also will be implementing a blog, Back From TBI, that will cover his recovery and offer advice and inspiration to other TBI survivors. You can read more about Power-Gomez at PowerGomez.com.