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Think Tank 2012, B.R.A.I.N.’s third annual brain symposium, was a terrific success. The two-day conference was held at The Grand Event Center in Long Beach, California on April 27th and 28th. The atmosphere was buzzing with learning, creativity, warmth, and community. The multiple workshops and plenary sessions featured 15 speakers within their respective fields relating to the issue of brain injury. A beautiful buffet lunch was skillfully presented on Friday, with a working lunch offered on Saturday. Attendees could choose their seminar and take their lunch along to hear exciting and important information about brain injury. The conference also featured a number of organizations, facilities and services that all relate to brain injury, as booths were set up for the attendees to visit.
Todd Clements M.D., B.R.A.I.N.’s Medical Director and Board Member gave two compelling presentations as one of the keynote speakers. We appreciate his medical skill and his engaging style of presenting. David Levy, M.D., neurosurgeon and author from San Diego led two captivating plenary sessions with a focus on healing the brain through forgiveness. His interest in brain injury stems from the question, “What happens after the surgeon fixes the organic injury?” Thank you to both Dr. Clements and Dr. Levy. Their skilled support and integrity is much appreciated.
Other fabulous speakers included USMC Sergeant Major James Schickel, Ret., Richard Adams M.D., speech language pathologists Dr. Candace Vickers and Dr. Carole Roth, and some of our own caregivers and survivors such as Mike Boswith, Kelly Levin, Tom and Debbie Lennon, and Dan Rice. Mark Westaway and Jay Hocking of Advanced Hyperbarics in Stanton, California also presented on the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
After day one of Think Tank we had our Dinner with the Experts fundraising dinner at Old Ranch Country Club where we screened our latest short-film, Today. About 90 interested potential donors gathered to hear B.R.A.I.N.’s story of advocacy. John Graham was interviewed as one of our survivors. He sustained a brain injury seven years ago in a motorcycle accident. Through the caring hands and hearts of B.R.A.I.N. he is now able to come out of his facility, socialize with friends and family, and is beginning to speak once again. This is big news after being “trached” for seven years. The whole night evoked a sense of warmth and connection under one common goal of establishing a healing community for the brain-injured in Southern California. We had a financial goal to raise enough funds to cover the first year’s rent for our new office in Cypress. We were able to go beyond that financial goal and we give all thanks to God for His provision.
Think Tank 2013 will be April 6th and 7th at The Grand. See you all there next year!
– Sue Rueb, Founder & Director/ B.R.A.I.N.