Sue’s 4th Quarter 2015 Letter

Dear Friends of B.R.A.I.N.,

There are so many stories told each month at B.R.A.I.N. by survivors and their families, and each one is important and vital.  As I look into the eyes of those who attend F.B.I. each Tuesday evening, or those who come for individual therapy, I see the determination and the hope to gain steps to recovery from their injury.  I believe one of B.R.A.I.N.’s most important values is acceptance and belief in each person’s story.  Recently, we all were impacted and moved by Pat Boone’s daughter, Lindy Michaelis at F.B.I. as she told her story about her son Ryan’s injury 14 years ago.

Lindy and Sue

Lindy and Sue

I recall meeting Lindy at a Support Group just as B.R.A.I.N. was getting started back in 2008.  We brainstormed and prayed together about creating something unique and beneficial for the brain injury community.  I realized that even being the grandson of such a celebrity as Pat Boone did not guarantee complete recovery or a satisfactory place to live.  Ryan’s story really encouraged me to move forward and create a place of help and hope for those who so desperately need the advocacy.  Today, seeing how Lindy and her husband, Mike have put together Ryan’s Reach R&R, a house in Tustin for brain injury survivors, I realize that both of our prayers have come true.  Lindy is busy filling her caring house with four full time residents.  I continue to be busy creating a program where survivors can come and be helped for a nominal fee.  Who knows, maybe one day our dreams will collide and we will have both pieces to the brain injury puzzle connect.  A program like B.R.A.I.N.’s with living accommodations for would be fantastic.  God bless you, Lindy and your entire family as you seek ways to reach many.

This Fall, we welcomed Ken Henry, Sociologist and Life Coach, to our Therapy Staff.  Ken has a winsome manner, terrific life skills training, and a strong faith to share with the survivors.  He is key in giving people the encouragement to take steps to reaching their life goals.  His business sense as well as common sense help frame Ken’s niche here at B.R.A.I.N. Pick up Ken’s card and give him a call to set up an appointment.  You won’t be disappointed.

B.R.A.I.N. organized a brain injury awareness event for the O.C. Bar Association in November.  Chris Asvar Esq., Elizabeth Kurtz Esq., and Brett Green Esq. all presented to the attorneys in attendance their individual specialties that revolve around representing brain injury survivors.  Since the event, we have had several calls for help and referrals from various attorneys in the surrounding areas.  Advocacy is so important to brain injury survivors.  We are pleased to have attorneys who truly have knowledge and skill regarding brain injury.  Great job, B.R.A.I.N. Legal Team!

As the year comes to a close, I am reminded of how grateful I am for each person who attends, donates, or volunteers to our great organization.  May we all continue to work together to help one another achieve goals, give back to the community, and gain the confidence that recovery can give.

Merry Christmas to all and may God bless each of you,

Sue Rueb