Hearty food, fun and friends were had by all at the Olympia Brain Injury Support Group picnic. Held at beautiful Woodland Creek Community Park in Lacey, picnic goers enjoyed each other’s company and celebrated the end of summer. Here are a few of our favorite pictures that marked this special day.
All food and materials are included and there is no charge to attend.
Our address is 2607 Bridgeport Way W., Suite 1H, University Place, Washington, 98466. For directions, click here.
For dates and times for additional activities, please click here to see the activity calendar.
Our BEST Space is also now the home of our Superhero Shoppe! Learn all about the shoppe by clicking here.
2018 is a special year for BEST. We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary of building superheroes! Help us celebrate all year long at Our BEST Space. All are welcome!
Superhero end of summer fun: The Everett and Edmonds Brain Injury Support Groups had a superhero gathering to enjoy friends, fun, games and yummy picnic fare! It was a great day to celebrate! Here are some of our favorite photos that marked this very special day!
Join us for creative time at the Space. No experience necessary and all are welcome to participate.
The activities are free and materials are included (however, donations are always welcomed and appreciated).
Activities are led by artist and BEST gratitude specialist, Diane Rasch. Join Diane and others to explore your creative talents.
Each month there is a new creative pursuit!
Coming up: On Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 11 am to 3 pm, the creative project will be beaded sun-catchers! See pictures below for a sneak peek!
For our BEST Superhero of the Month announcement for August 2018, we have a special surprise!
We don’t just have one superhero, but a dynamic duo of superheroes, two brain injury survivors, who are changing lives for animals and people in their community.
BEST congratulations to Alice and Andy Fenske, who are real-life superheroes to local animals and the community that need them the most.
The Fenske’s own and operate the Gentle Paws Hospice and Sanctuary in Washington State. Gentle Paws provides love, support and care for special needs and senior dogs and cats.
Gentle Paws also support the furry family members of low-income senior citizens and homeless adults. The Fenske’s provides love, boarding and care at no cost for the animals in the event of their humans having a medical emergency or if they need some time and support to get back on their feet; once they are ready, they reunite with their animals again.
Earlier this year, BEST had the opportunity to profile the couple and their personal journeys and community work. Click here to read the full article and view a special video that was featured on a national animal social media platform that highlights Gentle Paws.
Here’s what Alice and Andy’s nominator had to say about them:
I nominate Alice Briggs Fenske and her husband, Andy Fenske. They are both survivors and tend to find survivors where ever they go. They also rescue animals at Gentle Paws Animal Rescue.
Know a special real-life superhero in the brain injury community? We’d love to hear about them. Click here to learn more and nominate someone today!
This summer event was attended by survivors, caregivers and family members. The celebration spanned the ages: picnic goers ranged in from age from seven to 80 years old!
Clearly, a great time was had by all for this special celebration!
The 5th Annual BEST HeadStrong Potluck Picnic is almost here! We are so excited to greet old friends and meet new ones!
We will be meeting at the S-2 Beach Picnic Shelter – same as previous years. Here are maps of the park. We will also have signs that will help guide your way to the picnic shelter, too.
Here is our picnic flyer:
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is excited to announce that we have been nominated for WEGO Health for the Best Team Performance Award in the 2018 WEGO Health Awards.
WEGO Health is a mission-driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills, and insights of patient leaders. They are the world’s largest network of patient leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics. Click here to learn more about their Patient Leader Network.
The WEGO Health Awards were created to celebrate those who tirelessly support the mission of WEGO Health: to empower the patient voice. With 16 award categories, the WEGO Health Awards are the only awards across all conditions and platforms, that recognize the over 100 thousand inspiring
Patient Leaders who raise awareness, share information, and support their communities.
BEST is thrilled and honored to be nominated for this prestigious award. At BEST, our mission, vision, and programs, are built by, and for, adults with traumatic brain injury and their families; all of these elements focus around empowerment and self-care.
At BEST, we do more than survive; we thrive and embrace living our BEST lives possible. The real-life superheroes of the BEST community are changing the world with our empowerment, personal stories and journeys forward!
Being able to share our community’s superhero way of living life is so special to us; that’s why this award nomination is so amazing.
And you know who else is amazing? James.
Thank you to James, for the lovely words about BEST and being our superhero nominator to make all of this possible!
Here’s more about the awards.
This year, the 16 WEGO Health Award winners will be honored at an in-person celebration in October co-hosted by the Society of Participatory Medicine at the Connected Health Conference.
We are now looking to our incredibly supportive network to help endorse us for this award. There are two easy ways to endorse that only take seconds of your time!
Click here to be taken to our WEGO Health Awards profile where you can click “Endorse” under our nominee photo.