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'Walk for Thought' Brain Injury Awareness in Las Vegas
Published on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 (5:47 a.m.)March is Brain Injury Awareness Month we are calling all Survivors * Sponsors * Volunteers * Vendors
Nevada Brain injury and disability survivors from all walks of life who are coming together in support of each other to participate in the “Walk for Thought,” 2nd Annual awareness fundraising campaign. Sunset Park, 9th March, 2013 - 10am. Survivor’s Pay it Forward in Las Vegas is joining forces with the Brain Injury Alliance of Nevada. Walking to raise awareness about the silent epidemic that afflicts more than 1.7 million unsuspected victims each year. The BIAN is actively raising funds to continue to provide programs and services in our communities of Nevada. Survivor’s Pay it Forward are a group of survivors from all walks of life who advocate "The Survive to Thrive Mission" uniting together as one. We are the "Voices of Victory" coming to your community sharing Courage, Wisdom and Kindness through inspirational, educational and resource books, CD’s, movies and events.
The Number’s Tell the Story. Brain Injury is the leading epidemic in America and around the world, which has been suppressed and hidden. Anytime, anywhere brain injuries do not discriminate. Statistics are growing everyday due to the vast amount of causes. These statistics do not count the thousands of people and various groups of victims who are ignored and left to find their way. The Brain injury association records show every 23 seconds, one person in the United States sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI) 1.7 Million men, women and children become a victim of a brain injury though a trauma to the brain caused from a car accident, injury to the head through a violent act, sports injury or fall. 50,000 die, 235,000 are hospitalized; 1.1 million are treated and released from an emergency room. More than 52,000 Americans die every year as a result of a traumatic brain injury; 275,000 are hospitalized, and 1.365 million are treated and released from an ER. Leading causes of TBI include: falls (35%), motor vehicle accidents (17%), assaults (10%), other (16%) and unknown (22%) Every year 50,000 children sustain bicycle-related brain injuries; of those, over 400 die. Males are 1.5 times more likely to sustain a brain injury than females.
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) includes injuries to the brain due to a trauma to the head, lack of oxygen often related to a near death drowning, illnesses such as a stroke, aneurysm, anoxia, infection, toxic exposure, or tumor. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and cerebrovascular accident (CVA, otherwise known as stroke) are the two most frequent types of ABI.
Founder of “Survivor’s Pay it Forward Deborah Berry is a supporter of the Brain Injury awareness month and the “Walk for Thought” campaign. While living in Australia in 1997 she sustained a brain injury but didn’t discover the truth about her lifetime disability until she stumbled upon the Brain Injury Association in Australia 4 years after her trauma. This is why awareness is so important. Finding support in your local community it necessary. Deborah say’s “Public awareness is vital to create a safer way of life and a more supportive community. Too much suffering is happening and it has to change.”
Deborah is a multiple brain injury survivor who has also lost her 2-year-old son from a drowning death. Deborah’s Brain injury was cause by a car accident that left her with Brain injury, PTSD, disabilities, spinal and spinal cord injury. At two she fell down a flight of stairs into a broken glass door, which cut into her skull. To add Deborah suffered with three serious illnesses that affect the brain and nervous system. As a TBI Advocate and Speaker
Deborah covers many subjects including the focus on safety awareness. Safety awareness is necessary in our schools, in the senior centers, sporting communities and around Nevada and America to prevent unnecessary tragedy. Statistics indicate the largest population to die from a brain injury is our senior citizens. Children die every year from swimming pool accidents. Spring is around the corner. It is time to look at "Water Safety," everyday, about ten people die from an unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.
In memory of Deborah’s firstborn, two-year-old son Lee Entriken who drowned on February 28th 1986, and died 20 days later. Deborah advocates water safety in April. An estimated 5,000 children ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to unintentional drowning-related incidents each year; 15 percent die in the hospital and as many as 20 percent suffer severe, permanent neurological disability.
We are looking forward in walking with you at Sunset Park, in Las Vegas for the “Walk for Thought,” campaign 2013. Deborah Berry is the contact person for the Las Vegas Walk or Visit the website below. http://bianvblog.org/store
• Adults-$25:00 (includes T-shirt)
• Person with brain injury-$15:00 (includes T-shirt and 1 year BIAN Membership)
• Infants to 4yrs – FREE (T-shirt not included)
• Register Today– all fees will be increased by $5:00 effective two weeks prior to the walk date.
Walk up registrations are welcome at the increased fee. (T-shirts cannot be guaranteed if registered less than two weeks prior to the walk) Each walker must complete a registration form and sign the Waiver at the bottom of the page when you arrive at the walk.
Survivor's Pay it Forward: Support us! Walk with us and Let’s be Friends!
Empowering the People! Connecting one person at a time, uniting survivors with groups, organizations and companies to bridge the gap and unite as one. Survivor’s Pay it Forward (SPIF), is an online advocacy and community operated for and by survivors. SPIF is an American and international group of people who have sustained acquired brain injuries (TBI) Disabilities, suffered multiple Traumas, overcome a variety of life threatening illnesses and survived extraordinary life changes. In 2013 we are launching the “Beyond Trauma Foundation” non-profit. This platform is the first of its kind to support a united group of survivors. We will be providing grants for professional health, wellness and legal guidance. Addressing the need for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual pathways for independence and self-empowerment.
Founder CEO Deborah Berry