In 2001, I used to play American Football for my high school team. During one of my games, I suffered a massive concussion that left me unconscious. I remember waking up in a hospital room with my neck in a brace and gaps in my memory. I remember the look on my parents’ face when I woke up and that was enough for me to hang up my jersey. Over the years, my memory started to come back, and I can remember the events of that day clearer. There are still things I do not remember, but confident it will someday come back to me.
Sadly, not everyone who suffers from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has this positive outcome. I have family members who served in the military that suffer from their own TBI and doing all they can to work through it. Through my experiences and the experiences of others is why bringing awareness is so important and our choice for our Annual March Charity is to support the Brain Injury Association of America.
Why the Brain Injury Association of America?
The Brain Injury Association of America is the Nation’s oldest and largest Brain Injury group. Their vision is to bring awareness, treatment, research, and finding ways to improve the quality of life for those affected by a brain injury (BIAA, 2021.)
What is TBI as defined by the CDC?
“A TBI is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts to the head result in a TBI.” Concussions are labeled as a mild form of TBI, but the severity is determined by how impactful the injury is.
According to the CDC (2021), Traumatic Brain Injury is a major cause of death in the US with between 2006 to 2014 has seen a 53% increase in death rate. TBI has been known to impair memory, movement, vision, can be a cause of depression (CDC, 2021.)
ENCASED COMICS LLC COMMITMENT
This month Encased Comics LLC will be donating a portion of the proceeds of all sales to the Brain Injury Association of America. Our goal is to donate at least $200 to the organization to do our part in bringing awareness and funds to help the cause.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Visit https://www.biausa.org/ for more information on the organization and their mission.
Visit https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html for more information on TBI and statistics that impact our community.
CDC. 2021. TBI: Get the facts. https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html
BIAA. 2021. https://www.biausa.org/.