13 YEARS AGO, I had a motorized scooter wreck, crashed, and hit my head on the cement traveling at about 15-20 MPH (No, I was not wearing a helmet)… I suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussions, contusions, and my brain was bleeding. I had a large amount of blood trapped between my skull and my brain, causing pressure on my brain itself. I was airlifted to Children’s in Birmingham, thinking that surgery was going to be needed, and somehow, when I landed, all of the blood was gone. It was a miracle! I was blessed to not have any long-term health problems from the accident, and was able to return to a normal life pretty soon afterwards.
Since this experience, I have become a member of the Alabama Head Injury Foundation. Even though I did not have any effects from my brain injury, many people who experience TBIs do. This is where the Alabama Head Injury Foundation comes in. They are a non-profit organization that provide help and assistance to the patients and families affected by brain injuries. I am asking that you join me and consider "Helping Us Do More With 84," by setting up a small, $7 monthly contribution to help those who have been impacted by traumatic brain injury!
Through our "Help Us Do More With 84" Campaign, generous supporters are helping AHIF by sponsoring one (or more) of the 750-800 traumatic brain injury survivors AHIF serves each year. These supporters have joined our "Brain Trust" by becoming monthly donors, giving $84 each year to sponsor 1 TBI survivor. To learn more, click the green box above.
AHIF partners with Samford University to provide Bright Ideas TBI Camp!
From June 12-14, AHIF and Samford University took part in an innovative new camp initiative. AHIF invited TBI survivors who were 3+ years removed from their injury, and their caregivers, to take part in a three day camp where students from physical therapy, speech therapy, social work, and nutrition/dietetics as well as contracted occupational therapists worked with both the survivors and their caregivers to "jump-start" an additional improvement in their ability to live with the lasting impact of their injury. The camp was made possible through the generosity of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and the Robert Meyer Foundation.
For 15+ years, AHIF provided a week-long TBI camp at beautiful Camp ASCCA in Jackson's Gap, AL. Due to financial constraints, AHIF had to switch to a shorter weekend camp 7 years ago. This year, due to a generous gift from Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, AHIF will once again be able to offer its week-long camp experience, scheduled for August 12-17, 2018!
AHIF thanks Marsh Rickard Law Firm and Fox 6 News for helping us spread awareness. Click the logos below to view their videos.