by Ronnie Biondo

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October is traditionally Brain Injury Awareness month. To better educate the public and promote injury prevention, the staff and clients at NeuroAdvancE in Milford joined forces to improve public awareness and give a little something back to the community. Radio and television spots ran throughout the Tri-State area for the entire month of October, while the office provided numerous brain injury prevention brochures, games, pencils and miscellaneous "give-aways" to the public.

To ensure the message of prevention reached as large a number of children as possible, the NeuroAdvancE staff and clients presented one hour informational seminars at the local, middle and high schools. "Our clients were enthusiastic about sharing the stories of their accidents," said Ronnie, Community Service Coordinator in Milford. "What better way to reach young people than to have the survivors of traumatic brain injury speak with candor of their own experiences, losses and rehabilitation."

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Free blood pressure screenings were also offered throughout the month, enabling the staff to reach an even greater population with informational material. Lastly, a "free" drawing for a 26" Mongoose BMX bicycle, safety helmet, protective gloves, T-shirt and bike lock was held throughout the month. The clients tapped impressive creative talents to draw and paint the eye-catching posters advertising the event. Children, parents and grandparents created a constant stream into the office to enter the drawing. Their presence presented an important opportunity for further public education as the staff offered numerous crossword puzzles, coloring books and games supporting injury prevention to their daily visitors. The drawing for the bicycle took place on Halloween when a very happy eleven year old boy from a neighboring town took home his beautiful ensemble.

Revised: Saturday, February 23, 2002 08:42 AM