August 2013 Letter From Sue

August 2013 proved to be a busy and successful month for B.R.A.I.N.  We are getting our name out in the community in a variety of ways and we are pleased that our impact is being accepted in the military community, in particular.  August provided us several opportunities to engage our military friends and families with our resources.  We attended the first annual Native American Veterans Association Summit in Long Beach on August 8th where our own USMC Sergeant Major James Schickel (Ret) spoke on the impact of PTSD in a military family.  We were able to speak to military personnel and share B.R.A.I.N.’s mission.

August 24th was another military event which enabled B.R.A.I.N. to open its back door to over 300 Military Riders who set up an outside event in the parking lot.  There were motorcycles and service men and women with their families, all with their military background in common.  We added Don Wood from Post 555 to our team of supporters, and his brand new Centennial Harley graced our FBI room, bringing many into our doorway.  I was given the microphone from the band and was able to tell everyone about B.R.A.I.N. and how much we honor and appreciate our military men and women. Thanks to both Post 295 next door for collaborating with us and to Don for your help that day.  We are a great team!


I spoke on how to maintain a healthy brain at the Cypress Senior Center on August 22nd, and I appreciate Sandi Holvey for introducing me to this opportunity.  1. Sunshine in the morning, 2. Staying Curious and 3. Sleeping well are the three health points of maintaining a healthy brain that I elaborated on at the Center.  The group appreciated the session and has asked me to bring B.R.A.I.N. back at a later date.


B.R.A.I.N.’s Annual Picnic at El Dorado Park in Long Beach, a live stream radio show from back East with Colt Munchoff regarding our adaptive cooking class, and a Sports Conference with Rafer Johnson and other athletes and doctors at the LA84 Center in Los Angeles rounded out the month of memorable activities for me personally.


All of the volunteer assistance along with our therapists that work Monday through Friday enable me to take the name of B.R.A.I.N. out into the community.  I appreciate the help of those who network for us on a daily basis.  Our mission is to assist survivors in getting their lives back, without giving them an excuse to continue where they found themselves after their brain injury.  We offer therapy for healing and support groups for hope.  We have partnerships with professionals for added help to improve.   B.R.A.I.N. offers useful strategies to get off the couch and into life again.  Let’s all help one another move on to a brighter future.


See you next week at FBI at 5 p.m. for another exciting and enriching year!


Onward and Forward…



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