November 2013 Letter from Sue

November has been a very busy month for B.R.A.I.N. Each month, we gain more exposure to the community and we enjoy more partnerships with individuals, companies and other organizations. I was asked to speak about how to keep a healthy brain at the Anaheim Adult Day Care Facility where  I was honored to meet and greet at least eight World War II Veterans.  The group of 40 people was thrilled to hear about how Sunshine, Staying Curious and Sleep can aid in keeping a healthy brain. They also enjoyed learning about our activities and therapies that we have here. They have asked for a few books to add to their library there and we will make sure that happens.

Sergeant Jon Warren is now connected here at B.R.A.I.N. as he himself has experienced brain issues because of his service in the military. He is willing to speak and offer understanding and resource for his fellow military friends. Jon visited F.B.I. in November and I believe he will be back! Thank you for your service, Jon. Read Jon’s compelling story of survival and inspiration in the Los Angeles Times’ October 2013 article HERE.

On November 21st, Cypress Mayor Prakash Narain who is also a medical physician came to B.R.A.I.N. for a formal presentation. He was both surprised and honored to see Juanita Feurer, one of our survivors, as she was coming in for the Healing Haven class. Mayor Narain and Juanita had worked together at Los Alamitos Hospital prior to her stroke. The small world of brain injury was demonstrated that day also as Shelby Ganitch, a survivor of a snowboarding accident, came by to learn that her speech therapist from years ago is our own Angela Mandas.  Shelby, too, came to F.B.I. and it won’t be her last, I’m sure. We hope Mayor Narain helps us spread the good word of our work here in his city of Cypress and beyond.

November 16th was the date for our Something More Holiday Boutique & Luncheon in Huntington Beach. Something More is an organization that has chosen to fundraise for us for the past two years. The holiday spirit was evident and the luncheon/auction helped to give us a generous sum to help our work move forward. We are totally dependent on donations as well as private pay to keep our doors open. Thanks to Something More and Nancy Rench for their amazing generosity.

B.R.A.I.N., along with one of our survivors, Tom Olvera, was invited to a luncheon at Boeing sponsored by the Employees Community Fund. Tom and I got to tell the story of B.R.A.I.N. and were able to personally thank the group for their donations for the past two years. Slowly but surely, our name is being introduced at Boeing and we are grateful for their partnership.

I am pleased to announce that the Baker Family Foundation of Long Beach considered B.R.A.I.N. worthy to donate to us so that we can begin a scholarship fund for those who, for financial reasons, would not be able to access B.R.A.I.N.’s excellent therapies. We thank Dr. Richard Adams who helped B.R.A.I.N. to connect with this Foundation. The Baker Family Foundation is stepping out to be among the first to pave the way for future dreams. We are truly giving thanks to God and to this generous family. We think we will be able to reach out even more because of this surprising and blessed donation.

With a Grateful Heart,

Sue

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