After a snowboarding accident left him with a traumatic brain injury three years ago, Forrest Allen of Middleburg, Va., struggled to walk and speak again. His perseverance and natural charisma swept a whole community along with him, and now he’s graduating from high school and has co-written a musical.
June 19, 2014 Forrest Allen, 21, photographed at his home in Middleburg, Va., sports a bandana on his head, with a stark drop at the cavity in front where the skull stops. Within days of his 18th birthday, in January 2011, he suffered a traumatic brain injury in a snowboarding accident. He smashed into a fence, splitting his head open. Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post Buy Photo