October 2013 Letter From Sue

F.B.I. celebrated its third anniversary on October 1st. The group has established itself as a family with needs, gifts, opinions and skills, all with the issue of brain injury in common. We enjoyed a special cake depicting the special celebration. Each week at F.B.I., though the program is skillfully planned, the evening always takes on a surprise aspect with various survivors and family members coming forward to share their amazing stories. We are all encouraged and inspired by those who choose to share.  As October’s Brain Rule was Survival, we had specials speakers like Dr. Ed Shackeroff, who spoke about earthquake preparedness. There were great tips to follow including keeping sealed water in our houses and cars to last for several days. Even staying still rather than moving was an eye opener for me. Thanks Dr. Shackeroff for the presentation. We were happy to meet a new “family member,” Jason Coker who came to F.B.I. with his Dad, Andre. Jason shared his story of surviving after being hit by a car while walking across the street. It was a personal joy to see him again here at B.R.A.I.N., as the last time I saw him he was in the hospital fighting for his life.

George Visger, our resident former NFL football player and B.R.A.I.N. team player went with me to Boeing’s October Resource Fair in Huntington Beach. The Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing California invited us to display our information at a booth to engage many at Boeing to learn more about giving and volunteering at B.R.A.I.N. There are many opportunities to volunteer at B.R.A.I.N. Contact the office if you would ever like to assist in representing our organization at any local events.

Lastly, I want to thank the group of elementary age girls from ShoreLife Church of Huntington Beach who together operated a lemonade stand and gave all of their profits to B.R.A.I.N. It is the entrepreneurial spirit linked with generosity that helps to keep our doors open at B.R.A.I.N. Thank you, girls!

 

Sue Rueb

Founder of B.R.A.I.N.

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