March is brain injury awareness month. In New York, dozens of people struggle with the effects that a traumatic brain injury can cause. These effects may include personality changes, paralysis, memory loss, emotional problems, brain damage and even loss of hearing. These symptoms may clear up after a while or they may remain permanent. Children, especially, can suffer additional problems which can put them at risk of being the subject of ridicule or isolation by their peers.
A young girl in Alabama is attempting to turn her brain injury into an opportunity to help others. She is raising money for an organization called the Kevin Pearce Fund by selling key chains, bracelets and ribbons – all green to reflect brain injury awareness. In addition, she is trying to help others around her understand the challenges faced by people with a brain injury. She knows first-hand how difficult living with a brain injury is because she still suffers short-term memory loss.
Her brain injury occurred in a car accident when she was four years old. While she has come a long way, many of the children in her school do not understand why she can act normal but struggle with some things. Her efforts have netted $100 towards the fund and a fundraiser organized by her school.
Living with a traumatic brain injury is not always easy and often requires additional medical care, therapy and treatment. When someone is injured because of the negligence of another person, they may have the right to seek appropriate compensation from that person. In such cases, it may be a wise idea to speak with an experienced attorney.
Source: WHNT, “Young Girl Raises Money & Awareness For The “Silent Epidemic,” Traumatic Brain Injury,” Daniela Perallon, March 25, 2014