Indianapolis, IN—Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine (GCBS) is proud to announce our Third Annual Brain Bolt 5K Run/Walk. This year’s race will once again benefit the treatment and care of traumatic brain injuries.

Brain Bolt 5K will be held on Saturday, October 7 at 10:00 a.m. at the Carmel Gazebo at Civic Square in Carmel. It is a family-friendly 5K that will take on a festival atmosphere featuring musical entertainment, food trucks, and activities for kids on the gazebo’s grass lawn. Regional trauma specialists will educate attendees on preventing head and spine injuries, and GCBS’ MEGA Brain—an inflatable, interactive, walk-through exhibit—will also be on display.

 Early-bird registration is available from July 1 through September 1 for $25 and includes a commemorative race t-shirt. 

We anticipate more than 450 race participants—many of whom are survivors of brain and spine injuries—in hopes of surpassing our 2016 fundraising totals of nearly $60,000.

“We are excited to continue the tradition of the Brain Bolt 5K and look forward to a fun, family event to support Hoosiers across our state who suffer unimaginable injuries of the head and spine,” said Derek Cantrell, Executive Director of Finance and Administration for GCBS.

 Each year, more than 50,000 people in Indiana sustain traumatic brain injuries. The immediate, life-saving efforts of the neurotrauma teams at local Level 1 Trauma Centers provide these patients the best hope for surviving and coping with their injuries. All proceeds of the Brain Bolt 5K will support the efforts of the Neurosurgery Foundation at Goodman Campbell to help fund pilot research projects in traumatic brain injury, a follow-up clinic for patients for after-injury care, and will support GCBS’ neurotrauma databases.

WHAT:          Brain Bolt 5K Run/Walk

WHEN:          Saturday, October 7, 2017

                        On-site Registration opens at 9 a.m.

                        Race begins at 10 a.m.

WHERE:        Carmel Gazebo, 1 Civic Square, Carmel, IN

To read about last year’s race, click here


About Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine

At Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine, patients are our inspiration. All of the men, women and children we treat inspire us to provide the best possible care today, and to work tirelessly to find new ways to heal the brain, spine and nervous system. We have already made significant progress in several areas, including spinal cord injury, brain tumors and movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease with the support of generous donors to our Foundation. Several other areas of pediatric research including fetal repair for spina bifida, epilepsy, and spasticity, are planned and await sufficient support in order to begin this important work.

Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine has ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­16 locations across central Indiana including Indianapolis, Carmel, Fishers, Greenwood, Avon, Lafayette, Bloomington and Muncie. To learn more, please visit our website at



ThinkFirst, a National Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Program developed by America's neurosurgeons, reminds young people that you can have a fun and exciting life - and you can do it without hurting yourself, if you ThinkFirst and use your mind to protect your body. Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine is proud to support this important program in Indiana.

ThinkFirst is presented free in junior and senior high schools across the country and ThinkFirst for Kids is fully integrated into the curriculum for elementary students. Each grade (1-3) has an age-appropriate curriculum and an array of classroom activities designed to be integrated into various subjects, such as mathematics and science.

The complete program educates students about activities that place them at risk of a brain or spinal cord injury and consists of a 12-minute animated video, five individual safety modules, five posters and five comic strips depicting "Street Smart," an animated character who practices safe behavior. Modules address individual safety areas, including vehicular safety, water safety, bicycle safety, violence and sports and recreational safety. Learn more about the ThinkFirst program.

GCBS Neurosurgeons: Standing by on Court and Field

In addition to being dedicated neurosurgeons, our Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine physicians are ardent and devoted sports fans. For several surgeons, their devotion to sports shows in their activities in the community when the workday is done. They lend their expertise with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries to professional sports associations, such as the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Football League (NFL).

During fast-paced, highly competitive games, players often suffer from trips and falls on the basketball court or from tackling and blocking mishaps on the football field. Injuries can range from mild, moderate, or severe traumatic brain injuries, to spine injuries of the neck or lower back. All of these injuries,if not effectively treated, can disable players for life. For that reason, the National Institutes of Health advise that the “time between injury and treatment can affect the outcome” of the injury.

To ensure that athletes receive timely, expert care immediately after an injury, the following Goodman Campbell surgeons are standing by during games to assist the Indiana Pacers and teams in the NFL:

NBATeam Neurosurgeon for the Pacers: Jean-Pierre Mobasser MD.

NFLUnofficial Neurotrauma Consultants for the NFL: Saad Khairi, MD; Jean-Pierre Mobasser, MD; Richard Rodgers, MD; and Mitesh Shah, MD.

References and Further Reading

American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Patient Information. Sports-related Head Injury. Published/Updated August 2014. Accessed 18 June 2015.

National Institutes of Health/US National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus. Spinal cord trauma. Published/Updated 15 June 2015. Accessed 18 June 2015.

Sahler CS and Greenwald BD. Traumatic brain injury in sports: A review.Rehabilitation and Research Practice. 2012: 10 pp. doi:10.1155/2012/659652.