This March NeuroRestorative programs are pleased to partake in events to honor national Brain Injury Awareness Month—an opportunity to raise awareness about brain injury and its causes.
Brain injury has the ability to affect everyone. Often referred to as the “silent epidemic,” brain injury impacts almost 1.7 million Americans each year, and at least 3.2 million Americans are permanently disabled as a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By honoring brain injury survivors and their families, NeuroRestorative hopes to pave the way for injury prevention, education, advocacy and support. This March our programs are recognizing Brain Injury Awareness Month by hosting and participating in various events and community celebrations throughout the nation.
Like many programs located throughout the country, NeuroRestorative Timber Ridge in Arkansas is marking BIA Month in its own unique way: the program plans to host a Survivor’s Conference later this month. Held at the Benton Event Center in Benton, AR, the conference is slated to include a panel presentation featuring two family members of brain injury survivors who will talk about their experiences, vendor booths, including brain injury consultant representatives, and a lunch. The Timber Ridge program is excited for the event’s turnout, as it expects 150 attendees.
NeuroRestorative Kentucky’s program in Paducah plans to host an Open House next week. Community members are invited to tour its Residential and Day Treatment Programs, listen to the Mayor of Paducah make a proclamation of Brain Injury Awareness Month and join in a Balloon Release.
In Massachusetts, Dr. Gordon Horn, Ph.D, National Deputy Director of Clinical Outcomes and State Clinical Director of NeuroRestorative Florida, and Gary McKinney, NeuroRestorative’s National Director of Veteran and Military Development, will be featured on the Bay State-based Veterans’ Voice radio program, one dedicated to helping Veterans and active members of the military identify and apply for local, state and federal benefits. Horn and McKinney will focus on the topic of Veterans living with brain injury during the radio show scheduled for March 26th. For more information, click here.
In Kentucky, the Ashland program will host a Community Game Night, where members of the community, NeuroRestorative staff, participants and their families will engage in an evening of games, as well as food and social interaction.
“One of our participants is really good at chess, and will be teaching and playing during our Community Game Night. Gaming, overall, is very therapeutic and popular among our participants, which is why we thought it best to mark BIA Month by hosting this event,” said Jennifer Smith, Internal Case Manager of the NeuroRestorative Kentucky program.
In Florida at NeuroRestorative’s program in Clearwater, staff and participants will host the 1st Annual Tony’s Run during the last week of March. The 5K run has been organized with a purpose to honor Tony, a participant of the Clearwater program, and his family. Tony, a police officer of 32 years, was injured from a car accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury. The event is held to honor Tony and raise awareness for brain injury. Sponsored by NeuroRestorative Florida, the event will include awards and prizes for the top three runners in each age group.
“Across the country, our programs are marking Brain Injury Awareness Month each in their own different way. Whether it be a running race, a luncheon or a radio show, NeuroRestorative programs are engaging their communities, spreading education and awareness, and honoring individuals with brain injury,” said Bill Duffy, President, NeuroRestorative.