Brain Injury Awareness Day

Surviving to Thriving! BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS DAY 2010 IN TALLAHASSEE

February 16, 2010: Caregivers, survivors, medical researchers and those who have chronicled the inside world of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) attended an awareness event at the State Capitol sponsored by Brain Injury Association of Florida and the Florida Department of Health.

The event was moderated by Triston Sanders, Executive Producer at WCTV-Channel 6 (CBS affiliate). Notable speakers included Ana M. Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H., Florida Surgeon General; H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger, Best-Selling author of Friday Night Lights; Frank Toral, President, Brain Injury Association of Florida; and Valerie Breen, Executive Director, Brain Injury Association of Florida. Panelists include Chee-Chee Parker, 9/11 and TBI survivor; Lester Rice, TBI mother/caregiver; and Jacob W. VanLandingham, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, FSU College of Medicine.

“Brain injuries affect people of all ages and all walks of life,” said Valerie Breen, Executive Director of Brain Injury Association of Florida. “There are 210,000 people in Florida living with a brain injury. The consequence for those who survive and their journey to thrive is our story today. Access to health care, rehabilitation and life long support is key to survivors and their families.”

Watch an interview with Valerie Breen on WCTV (CBS)

Watch an interview with Valerie Breen and "Buzz" Bissinger on WTXL (ABC)

2010 Traumatic Brain Injury Fact Sheet

Traumatic Brain Injury in Florida Data Update

Traumatic Brain Injury Statistical Information Card

See photos from the 2/16/10 event below:

Brain Injury Awareness DayFrank Toral, President
Brain Injury Association of Florida
Brain Injury  Awareness DayAna M. Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H.,
Florida Surgeon General
Brain Injury  Awareness Day(L-R) Triston Sanders, H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger, Jacob W. VanLandingham,
Chee-Chee Parker and Lester Rice
Brain Injury Awareness DayTBI survivors, caregivers and BIAF Staff visit Florida State Rep. Dorothy L. Hukill of Volusia County
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