Brain injury survivors unmask themselves in Rochester

For people living with permanent brain injuries, life can almost feel like living behind a mask, making everyday tasks harder.

Thursday night at the Rochester Civic Theatre, brain injury survivors were able to unmask themselves, showing off their creative side and helping to raise money.

Celebrating Abilities partnered with the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance to let these survivors express themselves, their struggles and the things they find joy in.

Organizers say behind each mask is a person and a story.

"I love it so much, it’s so very awesome, I just love being here and loving life. It was kind of hard because I don’t remember anything, so that’s when mom and dad come in, it’s hard in order to describe, I don’t even know how to even say it, but it’s just, I’m glad to be alive here," said brain injury survivor, Emily Steffens.

Starting in 2016, the project has seen more than a thousand individuals participate statewide.

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