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Brainstorming 4 Us, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Support, Mental Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: Supporting Survivors and Caregivers of Traumatic Brain Injury, Anuersyum and Stroke. Brainstorming 4 Us offers support, funding, education, food delivery while helping families with a life altering transition of a brain injury. We provide hospitals and families our Brain Injury Resource Bags that are delivered to families for free, Holding our annual “Walk/ Run 4 Thought” to bring awareness and funding to the programs offered , monthly support group meetings, online support group.

Results: Brainstorming 4 Us has been a non-profit for 4 years and we have been successful educating the public, helping survivors and caregivers of many brain injuries issues. Our passion is for no one to feel alone and resources and support available to all.

Target demographics: Brainstorming 4 Us has no age group . Brain Injury is widespread in all age groups and throughout the United States.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Survivors & Caregivers of Brain Injury

Geographic areas served: United States

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 19- year old daughter was in a car accident in Fenruary of 2011 and has severe traumatic brain injury. While she was in a sub- acute childrens hosipital in Orange, I met the families of Brainstroming4Us. The founder of the group also has a loved one suffering from TBI. Her tremendous strength and encouragement was probably the thing that kept me going. The families I met were wonderful! and extremely supportive as well! While my daughter is still suffering from TBI and may be for the rest of her young life, this support group will always pick me up when things are tough and they give me hope that doctors don't always provide. I have to believe that my daughter will speak, move, and walk one day, even its's just baby steps, and they encourage and strengthen me to believe this!! They are my extended family and friends for life. The group also helps my family to understand how to deal with everything. They look forward to the meetings as much as I do. Thank you Brainstorming4Us !!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participated in the annual walk for thought and was able to personally see the help and hope this amazing organization has given to people suffering from TBI, and also their family members. Without this group the High Desert would have MANY people with TBI or with a loved on with TBI without a place to turn to. This group has helped give resources, help and hope to those who without it would feel lost and confused, and maybe even give up all hope. But with this group people who have suffered from TBI either recently or over a period of years now have their hopes restored.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked in the field of brain injury rehab for about 20 years. I am very aware of the struggle that families face following the diagnosis of one of their members with brain injury - it can be a devistating and life changing diagnosis. I met the founders of Brainstorming 4 Us a number of years ago and since that time I have come to admire and respect the tireless efforts of the founders and their volunteers towards making the lives better for family and patient following this diagnosis. They have raised awareness, raised money,developed a wonderful support group and have developed notebooks full of valuable information that they provide to hospitals for families. There is such a great need for services particularly for those without adequate insurance and Brainstorming 4 Us helps when families don't know where to turn. The founders have personal knowledge of the devistation of brain injury and through their committment to those also walking that pathway they have made a big difference in many lives. They certainly have touched my life and continue to have my complete admiration for what they do and what they have accomplished. I hope they continue to find support for their efforts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The husband of a dear friend suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of a motorcycle accident. After years of struggle my dear friend was introduced to Brainstorming4Us. They provided vital information and, more importantly, support for the caregiver. After seeing my friends hopelessness turn to hope, and then to strength, and then to help for others, I was moved to become a supporter and a donor.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brainstorming4us is an amazing non profit organization that helps families deal with TBI. Not only is it helping survivors deal with day to day struggles there also providing continuous support to the care givers and family members. once again brainstorming4us is an awsome organization and I reccoment them to anyone who needs support.