Marc’s Story

My name is Marc P. Nielsen and my journey began when I was working for John Hancock and sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) by falling down a flight of stairs at the Arlington T stop (subway), in Boston, Massachusetts. After my fall, on July 11th, 2008, Boston’s EMS staff, medical teams and Dr. Papavassiliou were a miracle team as they saved my life through God’s grace. Once I was resuscitated, taken to Beth Israel Hospital, my life was reset back to square one. Through rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, I began my journey of recovery that has been a long arduous road.

After eighteen months of rehab in Boston, my mom and I moved to AZ where I entered a cognitive rehab program at the Center for Transitional Neurorehabilitation (CTN), part of Barrow’s Neurological Institute. Following completion of my time at CTN, I had an abundance of volunteer opportunities ranging from office/clerical duties, donation sorting and working in an office of Home Care Assistance. Currently I am working as a ticket taker or an usher at Harkins, Shea 14. I very much enjoy engaging with the customers while enhancing their experience and working on the theatre’s cleanliness.

I am presently volunteering at Scottsdale Bible Church, where I replenish pens and communication cards between seats ~ there are over 1,900 seats! Also, I am volunteering every Friday at ASU in the Disability Resource Center, doing administrative work.

We’re Moving Forward has had a huge impact on my life since its foundation in 2014.

People are given the opportunity to shine, make friends, have fun, socialize and stimulate minds. It is a warm and welcoming community where we all have fun!! ~ Marc P. Nielsen Brain Injury Survivor