Voice For My Child

EVERY 40 Seconds an American youth enters an Emergency Department suffering from a NEW brain injury due to trauma (and this doesn’t even include all of the undiagnosed brain injuries or the non-traumatic brain injuries).

EVERY TIME this happens to another American family, that family is stuck reinventing the wheel (the system of care for their child and family.

My name is Craig Sears; I was in a motor vehicle accident in 1987, leaving me with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). After suffering a brain injuries, as like most survivors’ do. I have been faced with many new and overwhelming challenges in everyday living. As a survivor of a brain injury my journey made me all-too familiar with the difficulties of individuals and families working through the arbitrary system of care.

There are a lot of misconceptions about Traumatic Brain Injury, and most people don't comprehend that there isn't a lot of help out there for children and young adults with TBI. There is no health assistance for us -- Is this really the American way?

Going through the aftermath of my TBI, I teamed up with The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation to help promote the need for a national PABI medical plan, a proposed system of care that would be universally accessible for all for all children, and their families, regardless of where they live in the nation. A traumatic brain injury is not a mental illness, It is an Injury, Injuries require care, care that we all need, care that this plan can provide.

Please do not judge persons with brain injuries based on me, every brain injury and survivor are different, I consider myself to be a very fortunate brain injury survivor, to be a “VOICE” for those forgotten children and families.

We need as many voices as possible to send a clear message to our elected officials that it is time to implement the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan

Please, join us today and become a “VOICE FOR MY CHILD” and together we will be able to change the system of care for the millions of these American families.

To my knowledge, parents should be able to keep their children from harms way, but sometimes bad things just happen. They are out of our control. This is why the goal of the mission of “Voice for my Child” is so very important.

As a survivor of a brain injury myself; I wish there had been a National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan in place when my injury occurred. If there had been such a plan in place, my life and my family’s lives would be completely different today.

Quick Facts

The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation is named for Sarah Jane Donohue, a 5 year old New York girl who was shaken by her baby nurse when she was just 5 days old. Her father, Patrick Donohue, now spearheads a national effort to standardize the way brain injuries are treated for our children. I've been proud to stand up with Patrick & Sarah Jane in Washington, D.C., and other cities across the country, to raise awareness on this issue.
Voice For My Child is a 501c4 organization advocating for the nationwide implementation of the National PABI Plan.

◦PABI = Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury

◦PABI is the #1 cause of death and disability for children and young adults in the United States

◦Causes of PABI can be both Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as well as non-traumatic brain injury (ABI)

■TBI causes: falls, motor vehicle incidents, sports concussions, blast injuries from war, violence/assault/child abuse/shaken baby syndrome, gunshot wounds, bicycle accidents, or anything else resulting in trauma to the head

■Non-traumatic causes: brain tumors, meningitis, strokes, high fevers, lack of oxygen such as in near-drowning incidents or due to difficulty breathing after birth, poisoning, ischemia and substance abuse

■More than 3,000,000 new pediatric brain injuries ranging from "mild" to severe occur every single year in the United States alone

◦Over 1,000,000 are hospitalized each year due to Pediatric TBI

◦Over 17,000 annually incur a permanent disability due to Pediatric TBI

◦Over 5,000 deaths occur annually due to Pediatric TBI

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE ALL THE FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO VOICE THIER OPINION ON WHAT THE PABI PLAN WOULD MEAN TO YOUR FAMILY PLEASE POST A VIDEO OR A WEB BLOG STATING YOUR OPINION!!!!! TODAY!!!

Craig Sears
The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation
339 5th Avenue - Suite 405 New York, NY 10016
Phone# 212.576.1180 email: craig@thebrainproject.org