Last year, a Seattle man’s entire family was changed forever by a drunk driver. His parents lost their lives and his wife and infant son were both badly injured; both mother and child are now impacted by brain injury and other health issues. Today, a year later, read about this same family and their Seattle community that bonded together to educate and create awareness.
Attention all Fred Meyer shoppers! Put your store shopping dollars to good use and help the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) every time you shop! As a Fred Meyer customer, you can link your Rewards Card to your favorite nonprofit. Called the Community Rewards program, each time you use our card you can help your nonprofit earn a donation from Fred Meyer. The organization donates about $2.5 million each year to local school, community groups and nonprofits.
BEST is pleased to report that we are now added to the Community Rewards database! Linking your Rewards card to BEST is quick, easy and simply a click away. Click HERE to get started and learn more. Be sure to spread the word and happy shopping!
The Brain Injury Support Team (BEST) believes all TBI survivors along with their families and caregivers are ALL heroes.
In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, BEST is going to highlight some of these very heroes and their real life stories of courage, perseverance and hope.
Today, we take a look at Grace Meno, a high school student from Arlington, Washington. Meno was recently featured in “The Arlington Times” newspaper for her brain injury advocacy. The young woman was injured with a severe concussion due to fall during her high school volleyball practice in 2012. It was a tough recovery road for Meno. While Meno physically recovered, she still struggles with mental, emotional and cognitive issues.
Due to Meno’s experience, the teen was eager to create more awareness about concussions and brain injury. She began to sell concussion awareness wristbands (“Head’s Up!”) with 100% of the proceeds going to the Brain Injury Association of America. Meno has been successful in her efforts and is eager to reach her fundraising goals.
To learn more about Meno, her fundraiser, how to get your own wristband, and read a beautiful piece about her beloved service dog, Abby, visit Meno’s fundraising page HERE.
Meno and her service dog, Abby (Photo from Meno’s fundraising page)
To mark this important month of awareness, check out the Brain Energy Support Team Blog, website, Facebook and Twitter pages for the information, events, resources and people that help us build awareness and support for traumatic brain energy. Have a suggestion for a post? Email Kim T. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who: Our BEST artisans, artists, crafters and entrepreneurs and YOU (family, friends and the community)
What: “A Valentine Craft Fair” that showcases the great works and talents of BEST participants; goods will be available for purchase
Where: The BEST Learning Center, 2607 Bridgeport Way W. 2G, University Place, WA 98466
When: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Other notes: admission is free; ample parking available onsite; handicap accessible, on major bus lines (27th and Bridgeport Way)