Check out our portraits of a few of our BEST real-life superheroes, all decked out in their superhero gear, getting ready to deliver empowerment and support to the brain injury community and their families on Giving Tuesday, November 28, 2017! Support superheroes like these, and so many more with your membership. It’s fast, easy, safe, secure and takes your superpowers of giving, care and support to new heights! Click here to learn more about how you can engage, energize and empower others.
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The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement, pledges to empower and support the brain injury community and their families of Washington State and beyond.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE University Place, WA November 15, 2017 – The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. The BEST #GivingTuesday mission is to engage, energize and empower the brain injury community and their families and help them soar to new heights in their lives. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
BEST has joined #GivingTuesday to continue to build on our superhero mission of supporting and empowering the real-life superheroes of the brain injury community, their caregivers and their families in Washington State and beyond. BEST is unique in that the organization’s leadership and services are built by and for individuals with brain injury. Through BEST’s robust peer support, educational, socialization, advocacy and support opportunities, the organization provides the tools, skills and strategies for brain-injured adults to live the BEST lives possible. Our #GivingTuesday aim to is build brain injury awareness and bolster our superhero team of supporters through a variety of convenient, easy and secure BEST membership options.
“This is an amazing opportunity for BEST to share our message of empowerment to a broad audience and supporting an incredible global initiative at the same time,” says BEST Executive Director, Gloria Kraegel. “The special part of this is that Giving Tuesday is about ‘think global, support local’ and it’s exactly what BEST is so good at; supporting our superheroes in their local areas.”
Those who are interested in joining the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST)’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit brainenergysupportteam.org. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.
About the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST)
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2008. The mission of BEST is to provide support, advocacy, public awareness, education and socialization opportunities to individuals with a brain injury and their families. BEST provides support to over 70 brain injury support groups in Washington State.
To learn more about the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:
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Who: Diane Rasch, real-life superhero.
What: Discovering empowerment, new dreams and hope after brain injury.
When: Since 2013.
Where: The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST).
How: Diane began her superhero journey of empowerment in 2013 through BEST peer support groups and educational and social programs. Along the way, Diane discovered new passions, dreams and goals after her brain injury. With the support of her family and BEST friends, she pursued her new life with energy and determination.
Today, Diane is a thriving working artist and the owner of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, a handcrafted-cards and paper crafts company. Her work has been featured throughout the Pacific Northwest and parts of the Midwest. It’s through her small business that she shares her mission to touch the lives of others and make each customer feel special.
Not only does Diane make people feel special through her art and her business, she gives back in other ways, too. Diane serves as BEST’s Gratitude Specialist, sharing her time, talents, love and art with other survivors and their families. Diane and her husband, John, are also proud BEST Superhero Society members, a special superhero team of monthly givers who help support BEST’s empowerment programs and services.
And speaking of empowerment, what does empowerment mean to this superhero?
Diane credits BEST’s Identity and Moving On program for helping to shape that answer.
“I really believe that Moving On gave me empowerment,” she says. “I was able to figure out my dreams, which was doing more with art and honoring people. I learned that yes, I can do this, and the program gave me the confidence to get started.”
Diane continues, “I have a saying: I like to give honor where honor is due. Here at BEST, people are always encouraged, honored and supported. They’ve been there for me for all these years.
I’m always blown away with how respectful, caring and special BEST is. Sometimes I just sit back and hear how BESTies encourage each other. It’s so neat to hear. We laugh. We cry. We have fun. We face challenges. Yet, BEST brings hope. BEST is a family.”
As for Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, to Diane, it’s more than a business, it’s a ministry.
“I love to encourage others and let them know how special they are. For me, it’s more than just making things. I get to connect with people, hear their stories and bring some encouragement and joy to their lives. That really means something to me.”
Why: As we near Giving Tuesday, the international day of giving back to causes that make a difference, on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, we invite you to become a BEST member to support people like Diane. Membership is the BEST, easiest and fastest way to support and empower the brain injury community and their families.
Did you know that 25 BEST members can help provide the following?
- Mentors for individuals with brain injury.
- Course materials for our Empowered Self futures planning classes and other PEER support programs.
- Educational, enrichment and socialization opportunities for individuals with brain injuries and their families.
- Scholarships for survivors for the annual Washington State TBI conference.
- Transportation costs for survivors to attend support group meetings.
- Online training and networking opportunities for support group facilitators.
BEST memberships are safe, secure, tax-deductible and have some terrific benefits! Plus,memberships are tailored to fit what’s BEST for you.
Join us today by clicking here and help us reach our membership goal of 25 new members to help us empower other superheroes like Diane to soar to new heights.
Ready. Set. Energize!
Many thanks for your support today and every day.
We are kicking off the countdown to Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday), the international day of giving back to causes that make a difference in the lives of others, with a little giving back of our own, superhero-style!
Beginning November 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. PST, BEST will be giving away a superhero bounty of gifts to celebrate empowerment soaring sky-high for our community.
There will be SIX gifts up for grabs! Here they are:
Here are more bracelet details :
- 316L stainless steel.
- Hand painted enamel.
- One size to fit wrists 5.5 to 7.5 inches.
- BEST signature green accents.
- Be brave is engraved on the bar of the bracelet.
Batman Mini-Pop Figure key chain and Batman rubber bracelet set
Wonder Woman journal
Flash sunglasses and case
Original framed and matted superhero art by teen artist, Erin Thompson!
Entering to win these gifts is easy.
When you see our special Facebook post about the giveaway on the BEST Facebook page on Monday, November 20, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m. PST, simply like that post and you are entered into the drawing for the bracelet shown above. The winner will be selected by random drawing on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 3:55 p.m. PST and the announcement will be posted shortly thereafter (4:05 p.m. PST) on the BEST Facebook page. Good luck!
Added bonus: Want to like our Facebook page while you are stopping by to enter? We’d love it! By liking our Facebook page, you’ll be joining other BEST superheroes and their families in conversation, sharing news and links you can use and much more all year round.
Please read: following are some important giveaway terms, conditions and eligibility requirements.
- The BEST Giving Tuesday BEST November 2017 Giveaway will be found exclusively on the BEST Facebook page.
- These giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
- Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to Sponsor (Brain Energy Support Team), not Facebook.
- The giveaway is open to all adults over the age of 18 and who reside in the continental United States.
- Those who wish to participate will be asked to LIKE the post to be entered during the entry period of November 20, 2017, 10 a.m. PST to November 21, 2017 3:55 p.m. PST. Winner will be selected by random drawing and will be announced on the BEST Facebook page on November 21, 2017 by 4:05 p.m. PST.
- Winner will be asked to supply mailing address to the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) via private message (contact instructions will be noted on the winner’s announcement post). Winner’s contact information will remain private and will not be shared or used for any other purpose than to arrange for the shipping of the gift package.
- Gift package will be mailed within three business days upon receipt of the winner’s mailing address. Gift package will be shipped by standard mail through the United States Postal Service.
Here’s what some of our BEST Superheroes have been up to!
The Tacoma Brain Injury Support Group indulged in some fall seasonal and festive fun back in October!
The Edmonds Brain Injury Support Group got to lend a helping hand to BEST Gratitude Specialist and popular local paper artist, Diane Rasch, in creating custom designed birthday cards and thank you cards for the Birthday Card Project (click here to learn more about this special project).
Special thanks to Jeff Hartson for the pictures!
Editor’s Note: Meet, Roxane, Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) guest blogger and junior reporter! Roxane shares her special investigative report with BEST on concussions and how they impact teens and kids.
Concussions, a type of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), are very common in the United States, reaching over 3 million cases a year according to the Mayo Clinic. They are caused by a hit to the head or a violent shaking of the body and/or head. Some of you may be thinking that a concussion is not a very big deal, but it is. A study showed that repeated concussions can cause lasting damage. Some people don’t fully recover from a concussion, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Imagine what would happen if you got multiple. Thankfully, the most common type of TBI is mild, but 5.3 million Americans live with the consequences of severe TBI.
Research shows that kids and teens are more vulnerable to concussions and TBI because they don’t have fully myelinated brains, meaning their nerves don’t have as much insulation as adults. During this past decade, concern about concussions and how they affect kids’ minds has increased. Because of this, Dr. Ann McKee, chief neurologist for the National VA ALS Brain Bank, and her team’s research has shown that concussions can also cause structural damage as well as metabolic damage.
The symptoms of a concussion fall into four categories: cognitive (for example, lack of concentration), sleep (more or less than usual), emotional (depression), and somatic (headaches). If you properly manage concussions, 80% of people recover within 10 days, 20% of people will recover beyond that time and 5-10% will have post-concussion syndrome. Of that 5-10%, a very small number of people will have never recover. New research shows that having past concussions may increase risks of CTE, a degenerative brain disease.
Concussions can happen in any sport with accidental or non-accidental blows to the head. To help prevent concussions, the CDC proposes to use age appropriate and size appropriate booster and car seats, always wear helmets right for the activity that you are doing, use stair gates for toddlers, and play on playgrounds with soft surfaces like mulch or sand, not dirt or grass. The CDC also gives guidelines for specific sports that I am citing below. For baseball, they recommend wearing proper batting helmets. For basketball, field hockey, and lacrosse they recommend enforcing safety rules. For cheerleading, they recommend having appropriate supervision. For football and hockey, they recommend limiting the amount of contact in practice. For soccer, they recommend to limit heading balls for ages 10 and up. For wrestling, softball, and volleyball, they recommend teaching proper techniques.
If you happen to get a concussion, the best way to recuperate is to rest your brain and body. You should also be closely monitored by a family member or friend. If you need a pain reliever, according to the Mayo Clinic you should use analgesic. Although it may sound as if you can deal with it on your own, you should still visit a doctor to get diagnosed because if you have a severe concussion you will need medications and proper care.
If you want to learn more about concussions you should go to the CDC’s website (cdc.gov) or the Mayo Clinic’s. You could also look online and enter the search term, sports concussions, to find recent news and articles about sports’ concussions.
Roxane E. is a local student, BEST volunteer and an aspiring writer.