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We know a brain injury dramatically impacts both an individual and their family. Whether it’s for the short term or for a lifetime a brain injury changes our lives in both visible and invisible ways. Now, research is showing that the COVID-19 has significant neurological consequences for the majority of those recovering from the virus.
Because of this increased need for brain injury outreach, peer support, and family education, BEST created the BEST COVID-19 Impact Fund to provide assistance for individuals and brain injury support groups in Washington State.
UC San Diego Health neurointensivist Dr. Navaz Karanjia outlines three ways by which COVID can attack the nervous system:
A small study published in the New England Journal of Medicine documented neurological symptoms in a group of COVID-19 patients. Symptoms ranged from cognitive difficulties to confusion. All were identified as signs of encephalopathy, a trend that researchers in Wuhan had noticed in coronavirus patients in China in February 2020.
In April a study conducted in China found that strokes, altered consciousness, and other neurological issues were evident in approximately 36% of COVID-19 cases. These symptoms also appeared in patients without typical COVID symptoms such as fever, respretory issues, or headaches.
A study out of Spain that was published in July studied patients between 1 March and 20 April regardless of whether or not they manifested typical symptoms. The research team found that 73% of patients with COVID-19 had cerebral ischaemia; a condition in which there is insufficient blood flow to the brain to meet metabolic demand, leading to poor oxygen supply or cerebral hypoxia and thus leads to the death of brain tissue or cerebral infarction / ischemic stroke.
The need for emotional and educational support for individuals and families navigating brain injury after fighting the devastating and long-term affects of the COVID virus is critical. Without funding support groups cannot do the outreach, provide technical support, virtual meetings, and more. In Washington State BEST has been at the forefront of peer support, education, and advocacy for the brain injury community.
We know from many years of experience that support groups, in particular, allow people with brain injury and their families to meet others who are in similar situations, gain valuable emotional support from one another, form friendships, obtain information and resources, and hear speakers discuss a variety of brain injury topics.
Unfortunately, brain injury support groups were one of the first activities in early March to shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In-person support groups continue to be postponed and canceled throughout Washington at a time when they are needed most.
BUT YOU CAN HELP! Your contribution ensures that individuals and families have a connection with support groups and the BEST resources available as we all navigate COVID-19 and the social and economic impact of this pandemic.
Our goal is to provide virtual support groups, online video meetings, events, webinars, resources, and valuable facilitator training just like we have been doing since March. But the truth is we cannot keep doing this valuable work without your help.
Help us meet the need by contributing to the BEST COVID-19 Impact Fund. This fund was created by the Brain Energy Support Team to provide COVID-19 assistance for individuals and brain injury support groups in Washington State.
Funding is critical to the brain injury community and BEST support as we work to restart, reopen, and help our community to heal and rebuild.
GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
People around the world show their generosity in many ways for #GivingTuesday. You can do the same – whether it’s someone who is struggling right now, sharing a skill, or giving to a cause like BEST – knowing that every act of generosity counts.
Supporting BEST means you join us in celebrating the importance of supporting those with brain injury whether from a TBI or COVID-19. Your donation to BEST means you want to be a part of ensuring our programming, and those we serve, succeed.
Can’t wait? Donate now by clicking here or on the button below.
Remember, December 1st is GivingTuesday and YOU can make a difference!
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) has joined Giving Tuesday (#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 Giving Tuesday mission is to engage, energize and empower the brain injury community, those with other cognitive challenges, their caregivers, and their families, through support, education, and awareness.
Occurring this year on December 1, 2020, Giving Tuesday 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.
This year, BEST will be sharing empowerment is an extra special way using our special symbol of the superhero.
Superheroes are near and dear to our hearts, as we think our community members, their caregivers, and their families, are real-life superheroes in every sense of the word.
As the COVID-19 health crisis has upended all of our lives, especially in the disability community.
One thing we know for sure that did NOT get upended: Our super(hero) love and support for each other.
It’s more critical than ever that we take care of ourselves and each other as we manage through this challenging and unprecedented time in history.
It’s a win-win way to save the world!
More details to come in how you can join our cause, support the community, and be a superhero to yourself and others.
Ready to support us today? Make your superpowers known right now! Please visit our support page and learn how you can help by clicking here.
We are reaching out for your help.
We know that COVID-19 has touched all our lives in profound and unimaginable ways.
We know you’re worried, and we’re worried, too.
Our team knows from years of personal experience that navigating a brain injury or other cognitive challenges is hard on individuals, caregivers and families.
It’s without saying the pandemic adds more difficulty.
From having to cope with stay at home orders, to navigating online and new technology now more than ever, the pandemic has upended how we all live and work.
Those in our community have shared with us that while they are trying to stay positive, there’s still tension, anxiety, sadness, and loss. We want to continue to support our community and need your help.
As the pandemic hit, we were able to adapt online quickly with information, educational opportunities and more.
Most importantly, through out these difficult months, we have been providing valuable support for brain injury support group facilitators to continue their efforts to support the community and those who are hurting and need help.
We are deeply determined to reach out in love, care and support to make sure our community isn’t overlooked and forgotten.
Despite our hard work, efforts and intentions, it’s not enough financially.
The facts are clear.
We need your urgent support by September 30, 2020.
Following 4 easy and fast ways you can help us TODAY:
What’s in it for you?
Helping a large, and often overlooked, community network with the lifelines and resources that they need, in a time of great need.
And supporting a creative organization to expand their offerings and capacity to welcome and embrace more community members, and to continue to offer free and reduced-cost activities and education.
Click here to help.
There’s more: you don’t have to take our word for it. Take theirs (see graphic below).
Thank you, for your time, attention, and sense of urgency. You will make a difference as you are the difference.