Sarah Jane’s dad gets special birthday surprise

NEW YORK, NY – Patrick Donohue, the Founder of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, sent out a public “thank you” today to the Foundation’s supporters expressing his gratitude for over $18,000 of donations given toward his birthday wish.

Donohue, who turned 39 on December 19, is the father of Sarah Jane Donohue, a Manhattan preschooler who was shaken by her baby nurse when she was five days old, causing a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Sarah Jane is four years old and cannot walk, talk, crawl or even sit up on her own. Donohue launched the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation in her name in 2007 to further research and collaboration in the field of pediatric brain injury.

“Thank you so much to all those who contributed to the best birthday present I could have asked for – donations to the cause named after my daughter,” Donohue stated.

He continued, “While Sarah Jane cannot thank you herself yet, because of your ongoing generosity which enables us to further the field of pediatric brain injury, I know that one day she will be able to do so.”

In a collaborated effort by staff members and volunteers at the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, hundreds of people from all across the United States sent donations last week as well as cards, notes and well wishes.

On Saturday, Donohue was presented with the birthday wishes in a large card, along with a check for the total amount of donations – more than $18,000.

The money will be put toward an upcoming project the Foundation is announcing and launching in January.

For more information the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, visit or call (212) 576-1180.