Not so very long ago the journey of our family
through life took a very unexpected turn. Jason led the way. Many
of you came along, and all of our lives were changed.
There are not enough words to thank you for
all the blessings you brought to our lives: the almost 150 of you
who helped with Jason's patterning therapy; those of you who arranged
meals for our family throughout those fifteen months; those of you
who did research on the Internet and in libraries, and talked with
specialists and physicians around the country; those of you who
helped with activities of daily living; those of you who housed
our family during the time we were so scattered; those of you who
called, and sent cards and flowers and gifts; those of you who gave
of your time to be with Jason and give us respite; those of you
who so generously donated in his memory to this foundation so that
we could be of service to others; and all of you prayed. We were
and are truly blessed.
Jason always seemed to be a child who drew people
into his life for a purpose. This was especially true during those
15 months he came back from near death to be with us. Without being
able to say a word, he taught all of us about patience, simple joys,
compassion, faith, and unconditional love. He let us experience
with him a world of people who are truly "the least of these",
people whose very lives are completely dependent on others. And
he helped us learn where we can be of service in working towards
a better quality of life for people with brain injuries and their
We have not ignored this opportunity. We
know from our experience how difficult it is to find time to research
all that is needed to help maximize recovery for a loved one, while
total energy is being consumed in care giving. Thus far we have
taken our time to help 23 families that, like ours, found the systems
presently in place to assist them were either not readily evident
or were inadequate. Now we look forward to joining with people and
organizations that are working to strengthen or correct those systems
for the future.
It seems appropriate to introduce our foundation's
first informational flyer during the Brain Injury Awareness month
of October, and to let you know of our plans. The enclosed information
will be distributed to area hospital trauma units, and rehabilitation
facilities. And our work will be carried out from an office in Radford
that was generously offered to the foundation. The blessings continue.
It is a regrettable fact that the only present
cure for brain injury is prevention. And in the United States, a
traumatic brain injury occurs every 15 seconds, and over 373,000
are serious enough to require hospitalization. As we distribute
this first information to the public about the foundation, we
expect to be helping many more families even with our small outreach.
Please feel free to share this flyer with those who may need us,
and those who may wish to support us. And please let them know that
their gifts are tax deductible.
We also ask that you continue to support
our efforts with your thoughts and prayers. That is what gave us
strength in the past, and continues to sustain us. As far as we
can determine, prayer for Jason and our family went up in 83 churches
- from people in at least 30 states and 15 countries around the
world. Prayer is powerful. Jason is free. And we are free to put
into action what he helped us to learn.
May you have blessings in your lives!
Fran Rooker, President