GOVERNOR and R.I. CONGRESSMEN WELCOME SARAH JANE TO RHODE ISLAND



Brain Injury Awareness Month Event Recognizes Local Doctor

Providence, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee and Congressmen James Langevin (RI-2) and David Cicilline (RI-1) will recognize Brain Injury Awareness Month at the State Capitol on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, by welcoming Sarah Jane Donohue, Craig Sears, and other brain injury survivors and advocates. The event will highlight Representatives Langevin and Cicilline’s co-sponsorship of HR 2600, the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan Act (PABI Plan Act). The $2.9 Billion, seven-year federal initiative is the largest in the nation’s history to prevent, identify and treat the #1 leading cause of death and disability for American youth: brain injury. In addition, Governor Chafee will be highlighting the more than $32 million the legislation will bring back to Rhode Island, Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s lead role, and Rhode Island’s leadership in treating brain injury and other brain-based disorders.

Sarah Jane’s father, Patrick Donohue, will discuss how the experiences of his daughter inspired him to start the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation (SJBF), establish partnerships with brain injury facilities nationwide and work with Congressmen Langevin and Cicilline to introduce the groundbreaking legislation being discussed at the event.

WHO: Governor Lincoln Chafee Congressman James Langevin (RI-2) Congressman David Cicilline (RI-1) Sarah Jane Donohue – six-year-old namesake of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation Patrick B. Donohue, Esq. – father, Sarah Jane Donohue and founder, The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation Dr. Carole Jenny – SJBF State Lead Director, Department of Pediatrics, Hasbro Children’s Hospital Dr. Victor Pedro – SJBF Advisory Board Member, Founder, Rhode Island Integrative Medicine

WHAT: Press Conference highlighting Brain Injury Awareness Month

WHY: Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury (PABI) is the #1 leading cause of death and disability for American Youth (over 765,000 new brain injuries annually, over 80,000 hospitalizations and over 11,000 deaths). HR 2600 will fund over $32 million to Rhode Island to develop a seamless, standardized, evidence-based system of care for all families that have a child or young adult suffering from a brain injury. Hasbro Children’s Hospital is the SJBF State Lead Center for Rhode Island.

Local neurorehabilitation expert, Dr. Victor Pedro, has pioneered an evidence-based, unique treatment therapy called Cortical Integrative Therapy which is changing the way brain injuries and other brain-based disorders are treated.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: State Room – Governor’s Office 222 State House Providence, RI