TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Occupation: Lobbyist. Cause of Injury: Car Crash. This featured handmade mask is one of 100 masks created by survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) greeting visitors and legislators as they walk through the grand rotunda of Florida’s State Capitol.
“The Faces of Brain Injury” exhibition, created by Brain Injury Association of Florida, Inc. (BIAF) survivors and their caregivers at BIAF’s Camp TBI- “The Best Imagined!” is one of the activities this not-for-profit organization is using to educate and heighten awareness of the needs of survivors of TBI and their families during March, which is National Brain Injury Awareness Month.
“This year alone over 136,000 Floridians survived a traumatic brain injury. Of that number, 9,000 individuals, from the very young to the very old, now face life changing disabilities and at least 3,000 family members will be forced to give up their own dreams in order to care for their loved one,” says Valerie Breen, BIAF’s CEO. Breen says that “recovery often depends on the family and the community; and, Florida families depend on BIAF to be by their side.”
Senator Aaron Bean (Jacksonville) and Representative Fred Costello (Port Orange) issued both House and Senate Resolutions (SR 1068 and HR 9021) recognizing March 2015 as “Brain Injury Awareness Month” in Florida.
The public is invited to the Senate Chambers on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 for the proclamation reading designating March as Brain Injury Awareness Month. “The Faces of Brain Injury” exhibition will be on display in the Capitol rotunda through March 20, 2015.
For more information contact Valerie Breen at (850) 410-0103. To learn more about the stories behind the masks visit www.biaf.org.