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Media Advisory: Join us for a night of Celebration and Hope!

Brain Injury Services hosts annual reception to recognizes our partners, clients, and volunteers.

SPRINGFIELD, VA (March 8th, 2019) — On March 20th, Brain Injury Services invites you to join us to recognize all those who give back to our organization and community through the year. With a spirit of hope and generosity, clients, survivors, family members, and local partners spend hundreds of hours each year making an impact on their lives through volunteerism and philanthropy with Brain Injury Services. 

Every nine seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury while in Virginia, more than 168,000 Virginians are disabled as a result of a traumatic brain injury.

“One day, we hope to have the resources possible to care for everyone in our community who is in need and eligible,” said Denise Hyater. “We would not be able to accomplish our mission without the support of generous volunteers and partners, so we look forward to a night of celebration for all they have accomplished.” 

The Details:

Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Location: Waterford at Springfield, 6715 Commerce St., Springfield, VA 22150

Details: The Buffet Dinner begins at 6 PM, Ceremony starts at 6:30 PM

Entertainment: Special entertainment will include A Place to Be owner and music therapist Tom Sweitzer who will perform alongside former BIS client, Forrest Allen. Their Netflix documentary trailer “High Notes” will be shared along with a very special video showcasing BIS Speaker’s Bureau.

The theme for this year is: “Whatever good things we build end up building us,” Jim Rohn.

“Our theme this year is such a great representation of the work we do every single day,” explained Michelle Thyen, Director of Community and Volunteer Engagement. “Our volunteers, partners, and supporters are building blocks for our survivors in their journey; however, in the process of working through their journey, their resilience and determination winds up building us.”

Please RSVP to Aleena Gardezi at agardezi@braininjurysvcs.org if you would like to cover the event.

About Brain Injury Services:

Brain Injury Services helps children and adults with a brain injury build the skills and confidence they need to lead a fulfilling and productive life. For over 26 years, Brain Injury Services has been repairing lives, recovering possibility and restoring hope by offering the community innovative programs and services that meet the needs of survivors of brain injuries and their families. Each year, Brain Injury Services assists over 600 individuals and families who have experienced the devastating effects of brain injury, stroke, and concussion. We provide this assistance through core programs, including case management, specialized programs, and multiple support groups. Our services extend throughout Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, Winchester, and the surrounding counties. Find out more at braininjurysvcs.org at www.braininjurysvcs.org.

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MARCH IS BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH: 5.3 Million Americans Are Living with Brain Injury

Brain Injury Services Brain Injury Services Recognizes March as Brain Injury Awareness Month.

SPRINGFIELD, VA (March 1, 2019) — . Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability and death in children and adolescents in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), With over 5.3 million Americans living with a brain injury, it is essential to spread awareness and recognize the month of March as Brain Injury Awareness Month.

“BIS has been addressing this health crisis in Northern Virginia by providing programs and services to over 600 individuals and families each year who are experiencing the life-altering consequences of these injuries,” said Denise Hyater, Executive Director. “Brain injury awareness month gives us the opportunity to spread awareness, celebrate our survivors, and share resources that can help survivors of brain injury live a more fulfilling and productive life.”

This March, BIS is sharing highlighting client stories, holding events in the community to help bring attention to the issues that pertain to survivors of brain injury, and launching two new awareness campaigns:

Keep Calm and Brain On

Getting a diagnosis can be scary and a relief at the same time but it is important to remember you are not alone. Resources, support groups, and organizations are available to help you whether you are a client or caregiver. This campaign will highlight survivors that empower their fears and overcome obstacles to focus on the positive aspects of their lives.

My Injury Not Me: An injury doesn’t define who a person is: My brain injury doesn’t define me. This campaign will show that each brain injury survivor is unique by highlighting how they overcame obstacles to achieve their goals and dreams.

BIS is also holding events throughout the month at our different locations including our annual reception. The reception will be held at the Waterford in Springfield, VA on March 20th. It will celebrate the accomplishments of survivors and community members who have courageously donated their time, energy, and resources toward improving the lives of survivors.

On March 26th, BIS is holding an open house at our new Leesburg location. It will be a great opportunity to meet our new Loudoun case manager, learn about our programs, and learn more about BIS! These events are open to media outlets who want to cover Brain Injury Awareness Month.

In addition to events, BIS has launched an online swag store with 15% of profits going to our fundraising efforts: www.bis.threadless.com.

For questions, interview requests, and other media requests, please reach out to our marketing manager, Aleena Gardezi at agardezi@braininjurysvcs.org or call 703-451-8881 ext: 238/.

About Brain Injury Services:

Brain Injury Services helps children and adults with a brain injury build the skills and confidence they need to lead a fulfilling and productive life. For over 26 years, Brain Injury Services has been repairing lives, recovering possibility and restoring hope by offering the community innovative programs and services that meet the needs of survivors of brain injuries and their families. Each year, Brain Injury Services assists over 600 individuals and families who have experienced the devastating effects of brain injury, stroke, and concussion. We provide this assistance through core programs, including case management, specialized programs, and multiple support groups. Our services extend throughout Northern Virginia, Fredericksburg, Winchester, and the surrounding counties. Find out more at braininjurysvcs.org at www.braininjurysvcs.org.

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BIS Spirit Week

Brain Injury Services is celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Month by facilitating a Spirit Week that clients and staff are welcome to participate in. The Spirit Week will take place Monday, March 11th through Friday, March 15th. The themes for each day are listed below.

Spirit Week Schedule

  • Monday, March 11 | Mismatch Day

Wear as many patterns and colors as you like.

Example: Plaid, stripes, polka dots, floral, bright colors, etc.

  • Tuesday, March 12 | Favorite Outfit Day

Wear your favorite outfit.

Example: Favorite shirt, shoes, accessories, etc.

  • Wednesday, March 13 | Hat Day

Wear a hat of your choice.

Example: Baseball cap, beanie, beach hat, cowboy hat, etc.

  • Thursday, March 14 | Dress Up Day

Dress to impress.

Example: Professional attire, suit, dress, etc.

  • Friday, March 15 | Sports Team Day

Wear your favorite sports team clothing.

Example: Favorite team jersey, shirt, hat, etc.

Share your pictures on FacebookTwitter, Instagram,and/or Linkedin with the hashtag #BISSpiritWeek #biawareness and you could win the BIS t-shirt below.

*Each day, one lucky participant will be chosen by a random drawing.*