NEW YORK, NY - On the one-year anniversary date of H. Con. Res. 198 being introduced in the Congress, Patrick Donohue, father of Sarah Jane Donohue (the namesake of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation), along with other brain injury advocates and survivors announced the launch of Voice For My Child, the first-ever national 501c4 advocacy organization whose mission is to educate public officials about the #1 leading cause of death and disability for American youth, brain injury, as well as educate the public about what these officials are doing or aren't doing to support these millions of American families. In addition, it was announced that Diane Gooch, one of New Jersey's top civic leaders, has agreed to serve as the Honorary Voice For My Child to speak out on behalf of these families.
Voice For My Child also announced its first six-figure media campaign that will focus on Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-6) who is blocking H. Con. Res. 198 from an up-or-down vote in the Congress. As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, Mr. Pallone will not allow the measure, which already has over 110 Members serving as co-sponsors, to move through his Committee. Once we launch the media campaign focusing on Mr. Pallone, Voice For My Child will focus on several of his colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee who are standing with Mr. Pallone instead of the millions of families who have a child or young adult suffering from a brain injury.
"Congressman Frank Pallone is ignoring the wrong five-year-old, brain-injured, little girl (Sarah Jane) and he and his colleagues must be held accountable for their actions," said Patrick Donohue, father of Sarah Jane Donohue and founder of Voice For My Child. "As the parent of a brain-injured American youth, it is my job to be a Voice For My Child and we are asking other citizens to become part of this national movement."
"I am proud to serve as the Honorary Voice for these millions of American families and I will help amplify their voices by encouraging other Americans to join Voice For My Child too," said Diane Gooch, Honorary Voice For My Child. "On the one-year anniversary of the most broad- based, bi-partisan healthcare initiative it is horrendous for Congressman Frank Pallone and several of his colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee to hold up such a meaningful measure. Shame on Frank!" Diane Gooch is the publisher of the Two River Times in New Jersey.
"As a Voice For My Child, I am grateful for my friends, neighbors and fellow citizens who are joining this national movement," Natalie Forberg said. "Together, we will not only recognize our public officials who support our families, but also hold accountable those that stand in the way of progress." Natalie is the mother of 17-year-old Tayler who suffered a brain injury in a motor vehicle crash when she was 12-years-old.
"Every 40 SECONDS an American child or young adult enter an emergency department suffering from a brain injury. The National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan is the most comprehensive, collaborative plan to prevent, identify and treat the #1 leading cause of death and disability for American youth, which is brain injury," said Darryl Gibbs. "My daughter's death was preventable and so are most of these brain injuries." Darryl is the father of Cynthia who was violently shaken and killed by a licensed daycare provider when she was only 8 months old. He is the founder of the Cynthia Gibbs Foundation.
"I wish there was a National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan in place twenty years ago when I suffered from a severe brain injury and spent six months in a coma," said Craig Sears. "I am happy to be part of Voice For My Child and to continue educating the public about brain injury." Craig survived a motor vehicle crash when he was 20-years old and has become a national brain injury advocate.
"We want to recognize public officials who listen and then act, not act like they are listening," said Roxann Romano. "By joining Voice For My Child, Americans can be part of this national effort to implement the most broad-based, bi-partisan healthcare initiative dealing with the #1 leading cause of death and disability for American youth: brain injury." Roxann is the mother of 19-year- old John who suffered a brain injury due to a motor vehicle crash when he was ten years old.
To learn more about Voice For My Child, please visit www.VoiceForMyChild.com.
For a complete history of H. Con. Res. 198 please read the recent letter to Congressman Frank Pallone from the Steering Committee of the International Advisory Board of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation: www.TheBrainProject.org/lettertopallone.php.
To read the entire National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan, please visit: www.TheBrainProject.org/pabihome.php.