American Hero visits iHOPE in NYC

On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, The International Academy of HOPE (iHOPE) 101 West 116th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, New York. Had a special Sarah Jane Brain Foundation Angel Award presentation to SFC Cory Remsburg who was honored by President Obama and the U.S. Congress during his State of the Union address (see press release below) along with Bob Woodruff attending and receiving his SJBF Angel Award.
NEW YORK, NY - The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation presented the Col. Jack H. Jacobs Angel Award to Sergeant First Class (SFC) Cory Remsburg during a luncheon ceremony at The International Academy of HOPE (iHOPE) on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Prior to receiving the award, SFC Remsburg led the iHOPE students in the pledge of allegiance. Located in Central Harlem, iHOPE is the only school in New York City focused on students with a brain injury. During the luncheon, Dr. Ronald Savage, President of The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation discussed the link between students at iHOPE and our returning young veterans with a brain injury.

The Col. Jack H. Jacobs Angel Award is presented to a veteran who sustained a traumatic brain injury during war while they were under 25 years of age and who upon their return home continues to show leadership and courage. Colonel Jacobs is a retired U.S. Army officer who was awarded a Medal of Honor for his historic actions during the Vietnam War and currently serves as a military analyst for MSNBC and Vice Chairman of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

Angel Award recipient, Sergeant First Class (SFC) Cory Remsburg, was severely injured on October 1, 2009, while serving his 10th combat rotation in Afghanistan deployed with US Special Operations Command, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and spent 3 ½ years at numerous hospitals recovering. He has received numerous medals and awards including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor and President Obama and the United States Congress recognized his leadership and courage during the 2014 State of the Union Address to Congress where he sat next to First Lady Michelle Obama.

This year’s other Angel Award recipients include:
Dr. Sanjay Gupta Award: Bob Woodruff, ABC News
Diane Gooch Angel Award: John D. Corrigan, PhD, ABPP - The Ohio State University
Dr. David Hovda Angel Award: Gerard Gioia, Ph.D., Children’s National Health System
Dr. Kristjan Ragnarsson Angel Award: Peter D. Patrick, Ph.D., University of Virginia Medical School
Marilyn Spivack Angel Award: Barbara Geiger-Parker, Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey
Cynthia Gibbs Angel Award: Teresa Morros, Because I Can
Zachery Lystedt Angel Award: Christopher C. Giza, M.D., UCLA
Sarah Jane Donohue Angel Award: Bryan Steinhauer, CPA, Minds Over Matter

I was honored to attend the “American Hero Receives Angel Award.” I want to thank everyone who has been a big help putting all this hard work together and helping the less fortunate. It always gives me a good feeling knowing that these kids have a place to go where they can get the proper care.

Craig Sears
(National Advisory Board Family at The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation)