1. We are launching a worldwide campaign, "Have A Heart - Save A Brain" during Brain Injury Awareness month beginning on March 1 in Washington, DC and then we are heading to Iran and all over the world (see details below). Please encourage you...r friends to replace their Facebook profile picture during March with the attached logo "Have A Heart - Save A Brain" and join our cause.
Our first event will be Thursday, March 1 in DC with a special screening of Dr. Sanjay Gupta's CNN documentary about concussions in high school football (http://tinyurl.com/GuptaScreening) and then we will be traveling to Mashad, Iran to particpate in an International Congress on Road Safety (http://www.razavihospital.com/Default.aspx?tabid=609&language=en-US). Brain injuries can be caused by trauma (motor vehicle crashes, sports concussions, child abuse, blast injury from war) or non-trauma (strokes, tumors, meningitis).
Please let us know if you would like to attend any of these events or would like to know of other events that are happening. Some FACTS ABOUT BRAIN INJURY:
Brain Injury is the #1 leading cause of death and disability for American youth
More than 765,000 American youth enter an Emergency Department each year with a new brain injury (comparing that to 56,000 new cases of HIV and 24,000 new cases of autism annually)
Every 40 seconds another American youth is sustaining a new brain injury
More than 80,000 American youth are hospitalized each year with a brain injury and over 11,000 die annually due to a brain injury
Upwards of 80% of the youth in Juvenile Detention Centers in America suffer from a brain injury yet most of these injuries are not diagnoses nor treated
HR 2600 is the largest national initiative dealing with brain injury in our country's history ($2.9 Billion over the next seven years) and it has over 100 bi-partisan co-sponsors
All the best,
Patrick B. Donohue, Esq.
Founder, The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation
1501 Broadway - Suite 12099
New York, NY 10036
www.TheBrainProject.org/lettertosarahjane.php (please read my letter to Sarah Jane when she turned five if you haven't arleady done so)!
Details of some of the events taking place around the world:
Throughout the month of March, The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation will be traveling around the world, raising awareness about the #1 leading cause of death and disability for youth, brain injury. Below is a list of some of the events we will be participating in (other events will be announced throughout the month):
March 1: Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
Special screening of CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports’ documentary “Big Hits, Broken Dreams” about youth sports concussions in high school football, followed by a panel of SJBF International Advisory Board Members of former athletes and experts about the latest prevention, identification and treatment of concussions in youth sports.
March 8-9: Razavi Hospital, Mashad, Iran
The 1st International Congress on Road Safety aims to increase and spread scientific knowledge about reducing traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities. A team of SJBF International Advisory Board Members will be presenting at this conference.
March 14: Providence, Rhode Island
Press conference with Governor Lincoln Chafee, Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline, local officials and SJBF International Advisory Board Members discussing the broad-based bi-partisan support for HR 2600, the federal legislation with 100+ Members of Congress who are co-sponsoring that will fund a $2.9 Billion, seven-year national initiative to implement the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI Plan)
March 21-25: Edinburgh, Scotland
A team of SJBF International Advisory Board Members will attend and participate in The Ninth International Brain Injury Association World Congress