Sue’s May 2014 Letter

B.R.A.I.N. continues to expand its impact on the local community and across the nation. I was privileged to accompany my husband, Jerry to Washington D.C. for a Family Research Council conference. I was able to hear many great speakers including Franklin Graham, from Samaritan’s Purse, Senator Ted Cruz, Alan Robertson from the television show, Duck Dynasty and Three Star General William (Jerry) Boykin. I met people from all over the U.S. and I was able to tell B.R.A.I.N.’s story and enlighten many about the cause of brain injury. I am hoping that a keynote speaker for Think Tank 2015 comes out of my D.C. journey, as 2015 will be Military-focused.

On Monday I attended the Cypress Military Memorial Day Service at Forest Lawn. I was honored to meet many military dignitaries and personnel where I shared B.R.A.I.N.’s presence in the community. With the loss of my friend’s son, Dana, Memorial Day took on an even more poignant meaning for me. (Read Dana’s Story HERE)

This past Wednesday I was honored to be able to visit the new Inland Empire Chapter of FBI. Angela Mandas, Ron Walkington, Greg Reese and Tom Fallon made me feel welcome to be a part of the group as we traveled out there to encourage the new gathering. Tom even brought a fresh cake to celebrate the event with everyone. We had two tables full of eager and expectant family members who are brand new to B.R.A.I.N.’s sphere of influence.  We made some new friends, gave help and inspiration, as well as received love and support from the meeting. Terrie Masten, FBI Inland Empire Group Facilitator, and her team did a fantastic job and we all enjoyed the time. FBI is growing and this was another proof of that fact.

Our hearts are heavy knowing that our own Ron Johnson is in the hospital with his life ebbing away after an illness and some unfortunate circumstances surrounding these last few weeks. This is when faith in God is tested. We do not have all the answers or even all the correct questions to ask. We know that Ron trusted his Savior for his very life and it seems that his life is truly in God’s hands now. I pray for God’s will for our dear FBI member. He has been a hearty supporter of B.R.A.I.N. since FBI began in 2010.

Whether it is in sunshine or rain, I realize that we continue to move forward to help those who continue to search for their new normal, living with brain injury.

Thank you for supporting this organization. You are what make it a great place to serve.

WIth you,
Sue Rueb

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