October 2006 Jason Foundation Newsletter

Dear Friends,

In this season of Thanksgiving, we share with you words of thanks we recently received:

    "Feeling hopeless in my attempts to become fully employed, last July I contacted The Jason Foundation looking for help. I remembered hearing several years ago, of the foundation's work on behalf of survivors and family members. As a result of my call for help, I am attending a certification course and a class which will help me advance my skills, and I'm in the process of becoming fully employed.

    "My deepest appreciation and heartfelt thanks to The Jason Foundation for the scholarship assistance which made this possible. I have renewed faith, a sense of hope  and deeper purpose, and commitment to myself and my future. My hopefulness has been restored because of the faith you have in me.

    "Your ongoing service and commitment to individuals with brain injuries, their  families, and the brain injury community are exceptional. Thank you so much"

Jan M. Brown, Williamsburg, Virginia
Past Chair, Virginia Brain Injury Council

We are thankful that this foundation was able to provide assistance to Jan, and several other families this past year. Other ways we have been of service include:

-          By identifing an appropriate location, we facilitated Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center of New Hampshire's purchase of two buildings in Blacksburg, VA. They will establish Southwest Virginia's first residential and neurobehavioral treatment programs.

-          Provided 71 school Athletic Departments in SWVA with concussion information packets.

-          A lead sponsor, again, for our area's main venue for education and awareness for survivors, family members, medical and rehabilitation professionals, and students: the "Transcending Brain Injury" Conference for SWVA.

-          Co-sponsored "Art From the Other Side", a Radford University exhibition and clinic featuring the works of two artists-one of whom was a stroke survivor. The clinic was conducted for brain injury and mental health challenges, students, and the general public by RU professor Dr. Richard Bay-himself a brain injury survivor.

-          Again sponsored a team in the sixth annual SWVA Invitational Golf Challenge fundraiser for Brain Injury Services of SWVA.

-          Our diligent work in educating our state legislators and leaders on brain injury issues has resulted in the expansion of services to unserved parts of our area through our offspring, Brain Injury Services of SWVA, and annual state funding of more than $500,000 for them. Free Case Management services are still available for families in the Roanoke and New River valleys, and new full-time case managers will serve areas surrounding Wytheville, Norton (Wise County), Abingdon, and Franklin County. More than 300 families will receive services this coming year.

You are the reason we are able to continue our efforts to make life better for people with brain injuries and their families. We are grateful for the part you play, and ask that you keep us in your thought 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 deductable, and most sincerely appreciated.

May blessings continue in your lives!

Fran Rooker, President




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