Join BEST as we get creative for Brain Injury Awareness Month next month. We’ll be exploring creativity in self-care, awareness, education, support and more! Check it out in the video attached.
Superheroes come in all forms.
Sometimes, they are even covered in fur.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is honored and excited to announce our first ever canine BEST Superhero of the Month recipient.
Meet Charlie, our first BEST Superhero of the Month for 2020!
Charlie, the chihuahua and mini greyhound mix, belongs to another BEST Superhero, Jennifer Adams.
First, we’ll share what Charlie’s nominator had to say about her, and next, we’ll share a special mini Q & A with Jennifer about her beloved pup.
Enjoy this doggone good news story of love, friendship and support.
Unconditional love. Joyous. Nurturing. Support. A purpose.
These are just some of the ways this real-life superhero is described. Better? This superhero is in canine form!
Charlie, chihuahua and mini greyhound mix, came into BESTie and brain injury survivor, Jennifer Adam’s life five years ago. Since that time, Charlie has become a loving family member and a healing salve for Jennifer.
To hear Jennifer speak of Charlie, and how Charlie provides her with emotional support, love, care and giving her a purpose each and every day, is heartwarming, awe-inspiring and just shows how our animals can truly be our very own superheroes, especially when we need them most.
So honored to nominate this beautiful fur superhero for the BEST Superhero of the Month to celebrate our support animals and furry BEST friends.
Q & A with Jennifer Adams
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is excited to announce our theme for the national Brain Injury Awareness Month in March of this year.
Our 2020 theme is:
Creativity is a Superpower ⚡💡
All month long, we’ll be exploring creativity in self-care, education, awareness, sharing resources, conversations and much more.
By exploring our superpower of creativity, we’ll engage, energize, and empower ourselves, each other, our communities and the world!
Stay tuned for upcoming details and information.
Whether you’re a brain injury survivor or caregiver, we’d love to hear from you!
How do you explore creativity?
What kinds of superhero creative solutions do you use to approach your injury or your caregiving?
Send your thoughts to Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can private message us on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest).
Prefer to drop us a line by mail? Send your thoughts to:
Kim Thompson, Brain Energy Support Team
3800A Bridgeport Way W #393
University Place, WA 98466
Our latest e-newsletter is hot off the press with a 2019 recap and a 2020 preview.
It’s going to be SUPER!
Click here to read.
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The 2020 Washington State Brain Injury Conference will be held on April 15, 2020 from 3 pm to 7 pm and April 16, 2020 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington.
Here is the save the date flyer with information, schedules, costs and more:
A limited number of scholarships for the conference will be available for individuals with brain injury and unpaid caregivers of individuals with brain injury.
Click HERE to apply for a scholarship (Note: you must scroll to the bottom to see the application form link to download).
Scholarship applications are DUE NO LATER THAN MARCH 1, 2020. Please follow the instructions on the form. Here’s what the form looks like:
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) was thrilled and honored to share the art of the Washington State brain injury community.
BEST participated in a community art installation at the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM). Work displayed in Tacoma Art Museum’s TAM Local: Community Art Space for the “Superhero” show. The show ran from October 16, 2019 to December 26, 2019, with an opening night receptions and artist meet and greet on Thursday, October 17, 2019 in the TAM Community Art Space.
With 18 artists featured and nearly 50 pieces of art, this installation was enjoyed by many.
Now that the “Superhero” show has taken flight, we’d like to thank the following:
Thank you to the Tacoma Art Museum for their support, partnership and friendship; you are SUPER!
Thank you to our superhero artists who shared their time and talents: Diane Rasch, Robin Spicuzza, Jennifer McCarthy, The Tacoma Brain Injury Support Group, Nancy Sonduck, Cindy Ose, Erin Thompson, Justin Thompson, A.E. Bennett, Marilyn Bennett, Susan Peterson, Hannah Krueger, Donavan Vilet, Renne Emiko Brock, Kory Christiansen, Tim Carter and Diana Bluthenthal.
Thank you to Diane Rasch of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity for providing our superhero make and take art project!
Thank you to our installation team who put together the installation in October. Thank you for your time and hard work: Gloria Kraegel, Jeff Hartson, Marilyn Bennett, Erin Thompson and Kim Thompson.
Thanks to the “de-install” team. Your hard work and support was appreciated: Marilyn Bennett, Casey Bennett, Andrew Bennett, Erin Thompson, John Rasch, Renne Emiko Brock and Kim Thompson.
And extra special thanks for those who came to see our show and for the support for the brain injury community in Washington State!
Here’s a quick recap of the installation. Enjoy!
Super individuals. Dynamic duos. Superhero leagues. Our 2019 real-life superheroes supported the brain injury community in the BEST ways! Thank you, BEST Superheroes for all that you do and all that you are!
BEST is now taking nominations for 2020 for our BEST Superhero of the Month recognition and appreciation program. Click here to nominate your real-life superhero in the new year!