Angela’s Letter 2nd Quarter 2016

Dear Friends,Angela

What is it about serving others that is so appealing to some and not to others? Mother Theresa is quoted to say “don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.” This is spot on when we think of those who have sustained a catastrophic injury or had a massive stroke. The human element of being there for someone goes a longer way than giving a donation to a local charity or nonprofit. We at B.R.A.I.N. need a hand and a donation, as we recognize the need for scholarship funds to provide to servicemen and women, those who are financially strapped and those who are on their own living on disability checks or social security. When college professor, Dr. Albert Chan, suffered a stroke while teaching in Iowa in 2012, he had to give up his profession of teaching. Now, four years later, he was offered a summer teaching position at a local college, and was supported by volunteers at B.R.A.I.N. who drove him to class, organized his PowerPoint lectures, helped him with audio/visual and IT support, and assisted him with day to day tasks in order for Dr. Chan to experience success. When Bill Copple, a three time head injury survivor, wanted to tell his own story to a rotary club, one volunteer and another survivor met with Bill over 3 months to help him organize his speech, practice it, and drove him to the presentation. When Rolando’s family found out about B.R.A.I.N.’s speech therapy, they decided to drive over two hours once a week to meet with Lynn Gallandt, our bilingual speech language pathologist. Rolando’s family is most grateful for the scholarship available to help their son learn to speak clearly again.

Mother Theresa is also quoted to say, “Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love.” Friends of Brain Injury (F.B.I.) meets weekly over the 10 months of the year.  Our topics range from Finding Purpose in Life, Eating Well, Setting Goals and Learning to Accept Yourself. There is no pity in the large multi-purpose room; everyone is welcome, hugs are accepted, and smiles are plentiful. Marvin Summers, a head injury survivor, states, “B.R.A.I.N. is about love and smiles. Look around and all you see are smiles.” We appreciate all volunteers who donate their time and their resources.

F.B.I. starts up again on September 6th, so please make an effort to join us and watch what transpires every Tuesday night from 5-7 p.m. You will leave with a full heart and a big smile.

Until next time,

Angela Mandas, MA CCC
Speech Language Pathologist
F.B.I. Facilitator