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June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

I have a son 9 years post traumatic brain injury and because of him I began attending the monthly support groups in San Diego. They supported me during some tough months and then 4 years ago I became a board member. There are 11,000 survivors and family members in San Diego County alone and every 23 seconds nationwide another person will acquire a traumatic brain injury. Because of their support in the county many families have received resources that have helped them through their family needs. Thank you San Diego Brain Injury for what you do to help the community.

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I am the chairperson for the annual walk in March. I personally experience the faces of the people who have TBI and their families who are thrilled with the recognition they are receiving.

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Not do a thing to the structure just get more people involved to build a strong board.

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

SDBIF is the only non-profit agency that provides support services to brain injury survivors after release from the hospital and/or rehabilitation centers. SDBIF provides survivors with information about community resources, organizes support groups and collaborates with the San Diego Community College for classes focused on managing the challenges of their new life.
The organization keeps records and statistics of all assistance provided to brain injury survivors. Each survivor's success is celebrated.


ach survivors success.

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During the 15 years at SDBIF as a volunteer, donor and board member, I have witnessed success for those who've suffered from brain injuries. Through SDBIF programs such as Howard House and survivor/family education and support groups, I have seen many clients whose quality of life was greatly enhanced.

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Although the SDBIF is run very efficiently at present, it experiences the challenges that every organization undergoes during its growth. I think I'd personally run it with the further efficiency of a business, while keeping the heart of a non-profit.

June 24, 2011

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June 24, 2011

As a postsecondary institution serving many individuals with acquired brain injuries, I cannot ask for a more supportive partner in providing success oportunities for the people we serve!
SDBIF is an ever present agancy for our Advisory Committee, a visible program for support of students on
our campus and a fantastic group of individuals that enjoy fund raising along with other activities to support quality of life for persons with ABI.
They are friendly, positive and sincere in their support and area resource for us as I am sure we are for them.

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We have 100's of persons referred to our program for persons with Acquired Brain Injury and most are from SDBIF.

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Wish them more funds and more ability to provide outreach in this needy area

June 23, 2011

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June 23, 2011

I've been aware of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation for over 30 years. And I've been grateful for the generous support that their committed staff and members have provided to my patients and their families. The organization has played a significant role in helping my patients and their families cope with their disabilities.

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I'm impressed with the informal mentoring and sharing of resources that my patients and their families have received.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see a formal mentoring program established.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 22, 2011

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June 22, 2011

I love the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. They provide monthly support group meeting for persons who have suffered from any type of brain injury. I consider them to be the most important referral I give to my patients and their family members. My patients not only make friends and have a sense of community but families exchange information and support each other. The have specialized groups including a couples group which is also a vital service. There are very few resources for people with brain injuy and I am so glad we have this valuable foundation in San Diego. People with brain injury often recieve only brief treatment and would be lost without the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation which provides so much information and support.

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I have attended the meetings and fundraisers. I have referred clients to this group and have had their feedback that it was very helpful.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer a talk therapy support group

June 21, 2011

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June 21, 2011

Brain injury has ben caled teh SIlent Epidemic, and is even moreso these days with military personnel returning with brain injuries that often go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years. The San Diego Brain INjury Foundation (SDBIF) serves brain injury survivors, their families, and the professional and educational community in San Diego with meetings and a great clearinghouse of information for the newly-diagnosed and the long-term survivors. Unless you have experienced BI firsthand, you have no idea how all-encompassing the cognitive / memory / social / physical problems can be. But SDBIF knows, and helps a tremendous number of people each year.
My husband and I are Speech-Language Pathologists in private practice, although we both have worked in rehab hospitals. We were on the founding Board of Directors of SDBIF back in 1983. So we have a long-standing history of respect and admiration for the work done by this amazing organization. SInce BI survivors often have limited insurance funding and often are bereft of their former employment, financial assistance is critical. Donations to the organization are used thoughtfully to improve the lives of many survivors. There is an annual golf tournament, but the funds it raises can only cover a limited amount of the financial needs of this grassroots organization. For that reason, the help you can provide will help SDBIF to aid additional BI survivors and their families. Many thanks for your consideration.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting support to families of newly-injured brain injury patients; seen the support survivors have given to each other; worked at the Howard House, long-term residence for severely impaired brain injury survivors.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase their funding to allow them to provide scholarships for counseling and therapy.

June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

Five years ago, my wife suffered TBI from an auto accident with aphasia, balance, and cognitive problems. T the same time, I became her sole caretaker. One of the best decisions we made was to get involved with SDBIF and its guiding force Susan Hansen. Through meetings, lectures and exchanging experiences with other survivors and caretakers, we have both not only survived a most unfortunate demand on our lives, but have improved goals for our future. My wife is now in her third year working towards getting her Master’s degree in Rehab. Counseling, and help other survivors. We are very thankful for the support, encouragement, and the understanding that we received from Susan and SDBIF.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the large number of survivors getting improved care through Howard House and other programs.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 25, 2010

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June 25, 2010

I have known a brain injury survivor and his wife for many years who have been involved with San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. One of the key elements seems to the attitude with SDBIF is that they are “survivors” and not “victims”. This helps everyone including friends, family and treatment experts to focus on the road to recovery, however long that road might be. It is an important lesson for life: Believe that no matter what your circumstances, never give up – never give up – never give up.

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seeing how a person's life can be changed.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 25, 2010

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June 25, 2010

At the hand of a doctor's care and oversight while I was in back surgery the blood supply to my brain was cut off for 8 hours, a clot was created which my body threw two days late on. Hence a stroke, a brain injury. I literally had to start from the begining to speak, eat, sleep, walk, talk and so on. Learned information was in the form of a cartoon book which lacked anwers for my serios questions of many. Through association with others suviving this eye opening set of circumstances I learned of the San Diego Brain Injuy Foundation. It as as though the lights came, a door opened, and those members, volunteers and the staff of all ages knew tips, tricks and answers to my unasked questions. They were right on the money with concern and care for my well being. SDBIF is an has a wealth of information and support in many of the facets of one's life. SDBIF is one of the bigest regarding Brain Injury in the state of California. Thank goodness for the members, volunteers and the staff for all that they provide for survivors, military and civilian, their families, friends and caregivers!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

gaining knowledge and an understanding just what I was living through, my "whys", where answers were or at least obtaining enough information that would put my anixoiusness at a manageable level. Comng to know the "new me" was possible with SDBIF!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

socializing with others

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

gracious, kind and caring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

utilize it to advertize and reach our wounded warriors and other survivors, their families, friends and caregivrs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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