Angela’s Message

Dear B.R.A.I.N. Family,

We are so grateful this month on so many levels. We have produced an outstanding marketing booklet to show our community what brain injury looks like. This booklet was financed by the donations given to the Brandon Pentz Foundation. Brandon lost his life in a freakish accident and his family felt the need to do something special in his honor. Well, they surely did! This donation provides us with a show piece when meeting those who want to understand brain injury even more.

We are grateful for those of you who receive our newsletter monthly and support us financially when you can. We have over 700 email addresses of folks who stand beside us on this quest to educate the public about brain injury and to make a huge difference in the lives of those who suffer silently.

We are grateful for the volunteers who show up weekly to help out at the  F.B. I. (Friends of Brain Injury) meetings. It takes many dedicated people to help create an environment where people feel at home. We are grateful for the baby steps in which our survivors make. From Grant turning over by himself, to Ashlyn learning to follow more complex directions, to Gloria showing up after 10 years of not being in the public due to her facial weakness from her neurological insult. We are grateful for families who bring their loved ones to our group gatherings.

We are grateful for our speakers who take time out of their day and provide us with education to help us on our journey. We are grateful for the ability to wake up each morning and to serve at whatever capacity we can. We are grateful for the country we live in and we prepare ourselves for the soldiers who will return in 2012. We will be there for them. We are grateful to believe, to have faith, to enjoy the beauty around us, to have a God that provides for us.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Many blessings to you this holiday,
Angela Mandas, MA CCC
Speech Language Pathologist
F.B.I. Group Facilitator

One Comment

  1. Angela, I want to commend you and those associated with the organization on bringing attention to the lack of community resources for brain injury survivors which would significantly enhance there quality of life.

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