Sue’s September 2014 Letter

September was a hot month here at B.R.A.I.N.! Not only were the temperatures high, but the excitement was as well, as we came back together after a two month rest. We were all enthused and happy to connect once again at F.B.I. on Tuesday, September 9th. With about 4 fans whirring, we learned to project our voices to be heard. We hope to have an air conditioning system installed in the large meeting room by next summer. It is interesting to note that even stifling hot weather does not keep our friends home. We all come together to laugh, shed a tear, ask questions and work on our brains to keep improvement on the rise.

On September 16th, Jana and I attended the Infinite Hero Foundation’s Veterans Innovation Summit, an event at the Oakley Headquarters in Foothill Ranch dedicated to Military Brain Issues. We were delighted to attend and saw many friends such as Dr. Yi Jin, from the Brain Treatment Center in Newport Beach and Sergeant Jon Warren, an Iraq Army soldier who has continued his journey of healing after suffering from PTSD. Jon and his buddy, Scottie Stephenson will be speaking at our Think Tank 2015 in March. It was an honor to hear their captivating story of survival.

The 29th of September was our very first Golf Tournament Fundraiser that the Something More philanthropic group put on for us. What a terrific event and over 100 golfers came out to support B.R.A.I.N., and many had never heard of our organization. There was a silent auction, dinner and a short program that included army soldier, Ryan Wood giving thanks to B.R.A.I.N. for their support of the Military. Even people who don’t play golf came out to the dinner to support us. We feel very blessed to have such strong community involvement.

I am honored to be among such a caring and helpful community of friends. Thank you all for your love, support and kindness that helps create such a unique atmosphere here at B.R.A.I.N. Try something new this month. Yoga for the Brain, Stroke of Luck Book Club, Strength Training Class, or a Massage could be some new choices for you to explore. Whatever you choose, put on a smile and a “can do” attitude and let’s move forward…together!

Warmly,
Sue Rueb
Founder/President B.R.A.I.N.

2 Comments

  1. I enjoy reading your upbeat news. Banner House has passed its five year anniversary and we are going strong. We see amazing results after years of consistent work with our four residents. If you are ever up this way come visit us in Ventura.
    Best wishes,
    Peggy

    • Thank you for the support, Peggy! Congrats on your five years of helping the brain-injured community in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties!

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