On May 27th
this year, Carmella Barker of Abingdon, Virginia emailed me:
“I visited The Jason
Foundation website shortly after we spoke. On behalf of myself, my
family, and each and every TBI survivor……THANK YOU for your
inspiration, unconditional willingness, desire and motivation to
make life better for those of us who are struggling each and every
We are pleased that this foundation
has made additional strides this past year to “make life better”:
Most recently, we worked diligently with our offspring
Brain Injury Services of SWVA to bring the first case manager to
assist people with brain injuries and their families in Carmella’s
own Abingdon area, beginning this month.
The Jason Rooker Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Music
Therapy at Radford University has produced therapists who worked
this year with clients of BIS of SWVA, improving the manual
dexterity of one senior adult client, increasing the vocabulary and
expressive communication skills of a toddler, and improving the
academic skills of a student – to name a few successes.
The Jason Foundation Rehabilitation Programs Endowment
at RU is being established to fund rehabilitation services in
recreation therapy for people with brain injuries as well as other
disabilities, through faculty and students of Waldron College’s
We served again this year as a Major Patron for the
“Transcending Brain Injury Conference for SWVA”, which continues to
be a main venue for education and awareness for survivors, family
members, medical and rehabilitation professionals, and students.
A scholarship fund for students pursuing a master’s
degree in speech-language pathology, who wish to work with students
with acquired brain injury, is being developed with Longwood
We are currently holding discussions with out-of-state
providers of residential and neurobehavioral treatment programs, in
hopes of bringing these critically lacking services to our state.
We sponsored a team in the fifth annual SWVA
Invitational Golf Challenge fundraiser for Brain Injury Services of
And, throughout the year we continue to advocate for
families by educating our state legislators and leaders on brain
injury issues, and the need for funding of core services.
As we strive to make
life better for people with brain injuries and their families, we
ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Please 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
May blessings continue
in your lives!
Fran Rooker, President