Six years ago Willis Johnson was living what he calls a "self-centered life." Then a blood vessel broke inside his brain.
Doctors told his wife the aneurysm would leave Willis in a vegetative state for the rest of his life. They were wrong.
After emerging from a coma, Willis had to relearn everything-how to speak, eat, and walk. He began extensive rehabilitation work with the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota (BIA).
Now he volunteers 30-plus hours each week for the BIA. Willis manages two computer databases that track hundreds of Minnesotans who have suffered injuries to their brains, injuries that sometimes take months to show up.
Willis still has occasional trouble finding the right words to express himself. But he has no trouble coping with the curve ball thrown at his life.
"I really believe God had this in His mind for me. God has a purpose for everybody-all you have to do is listen to Him."
Willis has designated $1100 to be divided between the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota and Crystal Evangelical Free Church.