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Ryan Farrell

"My recovery continues each day"
Ryan was performing with her cheering squad when a flyer on top of her stunt group fell and landed on her. A short time later, she collapsed and did not regain consciousness. She had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI), along with a collapsed lung and fractured vertebrae in her neck. Read Ryan's story

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Ambassador Program

ambassadorIs your civic group, service organization, corporation, or association looking for a compelling speaker who can inspire, educate, and motivate your members?

Invite an Ambassador from BIA-MA's Speakers Bureau to address your group, share his or her personal experience with brain injury, and provide important facts about this silent epidemic. When a survivor shares his or her story, people listen. We have presented to organizations throughout Massachusetts, including Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs.

All Ambassadors are volunteer speakers who have either sustained a brain injury or have a loved one with a brain injury. They vary in age and experience, but all share a desire to tell their stories to help others avoid this devastating tragedy.

“I speak as an Ambassador in the hopes that I am able to help even one other human being avoid the pain we have lived each day of our lives since Caleb’s accident. Then I will feel something good has come out of his tragedy. I have set my intention to no longer let brain injury be the silent epidemic."

- Sharyn Lindsay, Ambassador Program Speaker and Mother of a Brain Injury Survivor

"The major reason that I volunteer for the Ambassador Program is to give hope. I want people who have been affected by brain injury to know that they can recover and that there is hope of preventing brain injury."

- David Porter, Ambassador Program Speaker and Brain Injury Survivor

In addition to speaking at Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs, Ambassadors spoke to the following groups for the first time in 2012:

  • SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions
  • Lehey Clinic - Trauma Nurse Symposium
  • Department of Public Health
  • Youth in Progress
  • Stow PTO
  • Coyle Cassidy High School
  • Plymouth Resource Center

Read more about the Ambassador program and our speakers.Ambassador Speaker Madeline Uretsky

Teens May Need More Time To Heal From Concussions, The Boston Globe,January 14, 2013

Mom's Message: Don't Drink, Drive, Attleboro Sun Chronicle, October 20, 2011

Steve Machnick gives voice to a silent epidemic, Metro West, June 4, 2010

Prior Injury Drives Stow Woman's Cause, The Stow Independent, February 10, 2010

For more information, or if you would like to become an Ambassador, please contact us at or call 508-475-0032