Many of you know Lori's story by now, but for those of you who do not, Lori was born in New Jersey in 1968, and moved to Miami when she was four, where she grew up. Lori went to Clemson University, where she received her undergraduate and master's degree in Engineering.
Lori started her career working with the Federal DOT, where she worked in various locations, including Tennessee, California, Washington, DC, and Raleigh. She began working with the Town of Cary in 2007, and most recently was the Director of the Town's Transportation and Facilities department.
Lori loves to travel, loves the beach, loves her family, loves people, and loves to cycle and compete.
October 17, 2016 Lori Cove was riding her bike with a small group on High House Road in Cary, NC when she was struck by a hit and run driver. Lori has been fighting for her life ever since that moment.
Lori was in a coma with severe brain trauma, bleeding on her brain, and multiple broken bones. That first night doctors informed her family and close friends that we would lose our dear friend. There was no chance of her brain recovering from this tragic accident.
Except they do not know Lori. They didn’t know Lori would never accept that outcome, not for her family, not for her friends and never, ever for herself.
Lori has pushed back and proved she is not done fighting. She has undergone more than ten surgeries to date, many of them brain surgeries at Wake Med hospital. In January, she was moved to a skilled nursing facility in Matthews, NC.
If you don't know Lori- it's difficult to put her into a few sentences. Always with a smile, never far from her bike or running shoes, six-time Ironman, lover of the sun and beach. Always thinking of her large and caring group of family and friends. Lori is one of the most caring individual you could imagine.
Lori’s medical diagnosis is severe traumatic brain injury. Her parents, sister and facility staff care for her 100%. She is unable to speak, walk, or feed herself. On her good days, she can follow some commands, answer questions with finger responses, give a wave and seems to be present in what is happening around her. Traumatic brain injuries hold a very large unknown in the medical industry. Her main surgeon (who is brilliant and we are so thankful for) described himself as "on the sideline to wait and see".
We continue to tell Lori that this will be the hardest race of her life, and that this race is a marathon, not a sprint.
Everyone working on Lori's behalf is doing the best they can. BUT, the limitations of the healthcare system are stressful concerns that Lori has no control over. As frustrating and enraging as that is we cannot give up or forget about our dear friend. This, this is what we can do.
Lori deserves to have her life back and will need the best medical care to achieve that.
Please continue to think of Lori, pray for her and register for this event today!!
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