Have you heard about the NFL research on concussions suffered by professional players? Did you see the recent ’60 Minutes’ segment on football related brain injuries? At last, research is verifying what we in the brain injury community have long known – that sports related brain injuries can result in life-long challenges, including early onset dementia.
Until there is a cure for this life-changing disability, what we can do now is to insure that long-term assistance to rebuild lives is available for survivors of all types of brain injuries. That’s what The Jason Foundation set out to do twelve years ago. Fortunately, our dream became a reality through our offspring, Brain Injury Services of SWVA (BIS SWVA), which has grown to provide direct assistance to more than 300 survivors and their families annually in this region.
Many of you may have recently received the BIS SWVA “Wings of Hope” newsletters. I hope you will continue to be enlightened and inspired by this publication. I send a sincere ‘thank you’ to those of you who responded this year to their first fundraising campaign, “You Keep Hope Alive”. And … I hope you will continue to partner with us in strengthening and growing their outreach.
The Jason Foundation continues working to increase awareness and grow the larger network of needed supportive services. A few of the activities this year have included:
- Community Living Connection (CLiC) – We are honored to be a founding partner with VA Tech, Radford University, Brain Injury Services of SWVA, and the grant resource supporting the program’s facilitator. In this pilot year of operation, this innovative online video telehealth program has been successful in providing cognitive supports and community participation opportunities to participants living with the challenges of brain injury in rural Virginia.
- Enclosed brain injury fact sheet mailed to 1,500 business and professional offices in the New River Valley area during “Brain Injury Awareness Month” of March.
- Continued financial support to families in need through the annual grant provided to the “Direct Client Services” program of Brain Injury Services of SWVA.
- Continued education on the needs of families to representatives in our local jurisdictions and our state government, to encourage funding for critical services.
In these trying economic times, we feel blessed that your support allows us to continue to be of service. We ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers, and share our news with those who may need us, and those who may wish to support us. Let them know that their gifts are tax deductible, and most sincerely appreciated.
May blessings continue in your lives!
Fran Rooker, President