As parents we unknowingly allow our children to engage in sports that often prove dangerous and can steal a life prematurely. The problem is we do not know how many children are dealing with depression which could be linked to a traumatic brain injury. It is time for us to talk more about this profoundly serious issue, encephalopathy.
Justin, the son of Denise Wilkins had been deceased for several years before a family member suggested that she watch the 2015 production of the movie Concussion.
The movie tells the story of an All Star football player Mike Webster, who after his death was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) a neurodegenerative disease. Webster was the first NFL Player who was diagnosed with CTE. The moment Justin's mom heard the symptoms she knew that they were talking about her son. The movie was so compelling that she wanted to have her sons body exhumed in order to have his skull evaluated. She thought then that she could confirm that Justin too suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. She was convinced that it was the injury that drove her son to his early demise.
JUSTIN'S STORY in the beginning
a note from mom
what happens next
Justin trained hard and fought many fights from age 14-16. We were so proud of him. Unfortunately, we were totally unaware of the dangers of his receiving more, and more trauma to his brain. This video was Justin's last fight. A young man who once enjoyed cleaning his room to Gospel Rap was now being sucked into a very toxic hip-hop nation. Shortly after this fight, Justin changed forever.
Justin slips away
a video to explain brain trauma
BRAIN TRAUMA IS SERIOUS The video is an interview with two professionals who explain the link between brain trauma, behavioral problems and the open door to addiction.
why share Justin's story
It was a rude awakening for this family to come into the knowledge that what happened to their child could have been avoided, had information about Traumatic Brain Injuries been more common knowledge. Justin was a wonderful child who suffered greatly in his young life, but it does not have to be in vain. If this information helps one family to become aware of this very present danger, we have met our goal. Thank you for taking the time to visit this page. God Bless
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated head injuries. Justin suffered from repeated head injuries. Symptoms include behavioral problems, mood problems, and problems with thinking. Symptoms typically do not begin until years after the injuries. CTE often gets worse over time and can result in dementia.
The symptoms of CTE also includes memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression,depression, anxiety, suicidality, parkinsonism, and, eventually, progressive dementia.
If you notice any of these symptoms on your child after they have had a serious head trauma or several trauma's to the brain please take your child to a specialist. I Caution You, Do Not Shrug It Off
MAIL DONATIONS TO: Justin L. Davis Foundation 7950 S Sam Houston Pkwy W #335 Houston, Texas 77085 281-886-8155