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Kristin Olliney and Isabella

"She’s come really far … but she has a long journey ahead of her, but we’ll take that together, too."

In 2010, Kristin Olliney and her daughter Isabella's lives were changed forever when Isabella came down with sudden acute encephalitis, which caused brain damage. Despite the number of challenges they face every day, Isabella and her mother face them head on and work on her rehabilitation every day.

Click here to read Kristin's & Isabella's and other stories.


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Every 18.5 seconds someone is admitted to the emergency department with a brain injury. A brain injury can derail your life.  The life you envisioned for yourself before your brain injury may not be the life you have after you recover from the immediate trauma. For more than 30 years, the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts has been providing the prevention, support, education and advocacy needed to assist brain injury survivors and their families navigating through the process of grieving the life they had pre-brain injury and accepting the new reality they face now post-brain injury. 

Brain injury is reaching epidemic proportions. Over 5.3 million Americans are living with the after-effects of a traumatic brain injury. We’re committed to providing the resources you need for your loved ones and every person in your community. Please help make this possible with your contribution. Your gift will help us to help the next survivor, their family, or their caregiver to thrive, not just survive.  Your gift also will help us to prevent brain injuries, advocate for increased funding for services, offer resources, and raise awareness– perhaps to someone you know or love.

Gifts to BIA-MA in Lieu of Flowers
If you wish to have gifts made to The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) in lieu of flowers, you may use the following announcement in the obituary:
We would like The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) to be the recipient of memorial gifts for (name). The funds received will improve the lives of brain injury survivors across the Commonwealth.

By Mail: Checks can be made out to BIA-MA and sent to 30 Lyman Street, Suite 10, Westborough, MA 01581. Please note the name of the person being memorialized in the memo section and send us the name and address of the family member who is to be advised of the gifts.

Online: Donors can also make a memorial gift online on our website ( by clicking the "Donate" link at the top right of any page on our website. There, donors can scroll down to "Make a Memorial Gift." The link is

Memorial Tribute Gifts
Consider a Memorial Gift to BIA-MA as a special way for you to honor the memory of a friend or loved one. Tribute Gifts celebrate someone special for a holiday, birthday, wedding, graduation or other memorable occasion. Every Memorial or Tribute Gift will be acknowledged in writing and a letter will be sent to the person that you designate to advise them of your gift. Please include the name of the person being honored in the memo section of the check, and send the address of the person you wish to know about the gift. Allow two weeks for delivery.  We also will acknowledge every gift in the next issue of the BIA-MA newsletter, Heads Up Headlines, and the Annual Report, listing the individual’s name and all of the donors who made a memorial or tribute gift (without the actual gift amounts). 

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The Korab Fund
Arlene Korab, a founder and Executive Director, retired following three decades of advocacy for survivors and statewide leadership on June 30, 2013. Throughout Arlene's career, as a mother of a survivor, she has been a tireless advocate and friend to survivors of brain injury and their families. Her abiding dedication to specialized and funded services for survivors forged pathways for greater community integration, independence and prosperity. The Fund established in Arlene's name will honor her contributions and ensure that BIA-MA strives to improve the lives of survivors across the Commonwealth.

More Ways to Give:

Matching Gifts
In an effort to encourage charitable giving, many companies choose to match employee donations. If your organization offers this benefit, your annual fund gift may be doubled or even tripled. Please ask your company's Human Resources Department about matching gifts.

Recurring Gifts
Your donation through BIA-MA’s recurring gift program is a win-win. It’s an easy, convenient and safe way to support BIA-MA and at the same time, lower gift-processing costs so your donation achieves more. When you enroll, your gift will automatically be pulled from your checking account or billed to your credit card. All contributions will appear on your bank or credit card statement. You may change or cancel your gifts at any time by notifying BIA-MA in writing.

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Attn: Development Office
30 Lyman Street, Suite 10
Westborough, MA 01581
(508) 475-0032 x29