Darcy Keith was a senior at Ball State when she and her sorority sisters at Tri Sigma were involved in a tragic car accident. Their vehicle was hit by a semi-truck, and the impact resulted in Darcy’s life being forever changed. She was rushed to the hospital where she stayed in a coma for six days; she had two brain injuries, paralysis on the right side of her body, injured vocal cords, a collapsed lung, nerve injuries, as well as brain swelling and bleeding. Doctors informed her parents that while she would survive, they were unsure if she would ever have a “normal” life again. She would have to relearn everything again, including how to eat, speak, and walk.  

However, less than two months after the accident, Darcy defied all odds. She made a full recovery and was able to reenroll at Ball State to finish her senior year. Though her injuries had caused her to devastatingly lose all memory of her college education, she would not let that stop her from putting in the effort to keep living her life to the fullest.  

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She still deals with residual effects from the crash. Darcy’s voice is permanently damaged from the feeding tube she had. She has weakness from paralysis, vertigo from brain damage, and has difficulty staying asleep at night. Nonetheless, she refuses to let her disability define her, stating “When you’ve given up, keep at it.” 

Darcy notes that her recovery was not typical; her nurses even called her the “Miracle Child.” She remarked that “those with brain injuries may be in the same ocean, but we are not in the same boat.” Darcy often refers to those living with brain injuries as “snowflakes,” as each condition is dramatically different from the other. She wants others to know that brain injuries can happen to anyone at any time and at any age, saying that “injury doesn’t discriminate.” There is very little information available on traumatic brain injuries, so Darcy hopes to use her platform to educate others on how brain injuries can impact someone both mentally and physically. She hopes to help other brain injury survivors know that they can overcome adversity and they deserve the best quality of life possible.  

Baltimore Ravens Darcy Keith

Darcy Keith will be the keynote speaker at the 2022 Disability Awareness Month Kick-Off Event on Tuesday, March 1 in the Fishers City Hall Auditorium (1 Municipal Drive) from 8:30 a.m.  – 10 a.m., where she will share her personal story.  The annual Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability Inclusion and Accessibility Awards will also be presented at the event. Registration is not required for this free event.   

The month-long celebration, hosted by the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability and presented by Old National Bank, will feature a series of special events and initiatives throughout the city. This year’s theme, Achieving More Together, will include partners from around Hamilton County to champion disability inclusion in Fishers and beyond. The 2022 lineup includes events hosted by the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability and community partners such as PRISM Project of Fishers, Hamilton East Public Library, OneZone Chamber of Commerce, Fishers Music Works, Fishers Parks, and more.

Learn how you can be an ally for disability inclusion and show your support for this initiative with our digital toolkit, Ally kits, and language guide! For the event lineup and more info, visit the Fishers website. 

Indianapolis Colts Darcy Keith

FAVORITE FISHERS PARK: Brooks School Park for its ADA-compliant and adaptive playground equipment. 

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SATURDAY: Spending quality time with her husband, whether they are shopping, eating out, or just relaxing!