Cheryl Koenig was born and still resides in the southern suburbs of Sydney. She met her soul mate, Rob, whilst still in school and married at the age of just nineteen. Almost thirty years later she is still very happily married and has two treasured sons. At the age of twelve Cheryl's son, Jonathan, was involved in a horrific car accident. He was given very little chance of survival and when he did miraculously pull through doctors predicted that he would most likely never walk, talk, or even eat again. Cheryl refused to accept this prognosis and set out on a relentless quest to save her son. Her fervent hope that he would one day be well again was poignantly expressed by his many school friends who filled their school prayer room with hundreds of handmade paper cranes, symbols of hope and healing. Now, ten years since his horrific accident, Jonathan can walk well, has just begun to run and is learning to drive. He can now ski, swim laps and play tennis and astounds many with his piano playing skills. All this as well as working five days a week in three part-time jobs! Cheryl volunteers much of her free time to improve government policy and services in the area of brain injury. She is also passionate about advocating for carers to be validated for the important role they play in society.