TryMunity Is Facebook for Survivors of Traumatic Injuries
Among the disabled community, frustration seems to breed innovation, and Mike Black, the 27-year-old founder of a new social network is no exception.
After surviving a car accident in which he was thrown 40 feet and landed on his head, Black’s prognosis was dim. Black’s family spent some time online looking for a place to discuss the incident and find hope. Frustrated, they started a Facebook page called The Beans Recovery Group to share updates about Black’s recovery. Once Black was back in action, he also scoured the Internet looking for survivors like him to learn from. Still, he could not find what he was looking for.
“That’s how TryMunity was born,” says Bernadette Coleman, Black’s mother.
Recognizing a need, the family partnered with Pate Rehabilitation in Anna, Texas, a recovery program that accepted Black on scholarship after his insurance ran out. The site launched May 21, exactly one year after Black’s accident.
“Pate Rehabilitation has been so instrumental in Mike’s recovery thus far that we could not think of a better place to launch TryMunity,” says Tom Coleman, Black’s stepfather. “The site will allow Mike and other survivors to give back by sharing their positive stories of success with others going through similar circumstances.”
TryMunity—whose motto is, You never fail until you stop TRYing!—will allow Black and others to tell their stories and build a community for others experiencing traumatic injuries to connect. The platform is similar to Facebook’s, and joining the site is free. Users can sign up for a new account or connect using their Facebook accounts.
Try TryMunity here, and watch a video about the inspiration behind the social network.