Brain Injury Town Hall to be held in Aurora, CO

Sarah Jane Brain Foundation In The News
WHAT: Traumatic Brain Injury Networking Team (TNT) and Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury (PABI) town hall meeting. There have been many exciting efforts in Colorado related to pediatric brain injury including; concussion legislation, Federal grant initiatives, and changes to the TBI Trust Fund for Children. Patrick Donohue from the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation will be discussing the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury plan that has been developed. Jeanne Dise-Lewis, from The Children’s Hospital, will discuss Colorado’s involvement with this plan. The town hall is a part of the Sarah Jane Brain Project’s 40+ state national brain injury tour.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 26th 2011 (2:00pm – 4:00pm)
WHERE: Anschutz Medical Campus
Education 2 NORTH
13120 E. 19th Ave.
2nd Floor, Room 2102
Aurora, CO 80045
WHO: Panelists:
Patrick Donohue – Founder of the Sarah Jane Brain FoundationJeanne Dise-Lewis – Ph.D. Child Clinical Psychologist
Professor, University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center,
Director of Psychology Programs in Pediatric Rehabilitation
The Children’s Hospital Overview of Colorado’s PABI Plan
WHY: The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation is one of the leading organizations in the country dealing with pediatric acquired brain injury. This event is a part of the foundation’s nationwide public awareness campaign dealing with brain injury, the leading cause of death and disability for America’s youth. The tour aims to bring awareness about youth sports concussions to high schools across the country as well as introduce the National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI Plan) through town hall meetings at local universities and hospitals.

The National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan (PABI Plan) develops a seamless, standardized, evidence-based system of care that is universally accessible for the millions of PABI families across the country.

PABI covers brain injuries from birth through 25 years of age, due to the fact the adolescent brain is still developing until about 25. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.6-3.8 million new brain injuries occur every year in America due to trauma in sports and recreational activities. More than 767,225 American youth visit the Emergency Department due to traumatic brain injuries each year, 80,715 are hospitalized and over 11,200 die. Upwards of 80% of the children in our juvenile detention centers across America have some form of a brain injury, most of which have not been identified or treated.

SPONSORS: Easton-Bell Sports:
The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation is proud to have Easton-Bell Sports as an official sponsor of the tour. Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. is a leading designer, developer and marketer of innovative sports equipment, protective products and related accessories. The Company markets and licenses products under such well-known brands as Easton, Bell, Riddell and Giro. Its products incorporate leading technology and designs and are used by professional athletes and enthusiasts alike.Angels on the Bay:
Angels on the Bay, Inc. is a nonprofit children’s charity. Their mission is to raise funds and awareness to help provide life enhancing services for the chronically ill, developmentally disabled and physically challenged children of our community.
NOTES: This event is open press. Interviews with panelists and experts will be available prior to and following the event.