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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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A traumatic brain injury occurs every 18.5 seconds in the United States and is the leading cause of death and disability for young adults.  Advances in the medical field have allowed for more individuals to survive with TBI’s.  A brain injury doesn’t just affect one person – it happens to their entire community.  Family, friends, teammates and co-workers are all affected by a single brain injury.  Hopes, goals and accomplishments for everyone involved are often sidelined indefinitely after a TBI.

The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts strives to ensure that your gift will make a real difference for the brain injury community in the Commonwealth.  Your generosity today will help us to continue to:

  • Advocate for practical legislation to prevent brain injury and for improved support for brain injury survivors. 
  • Offer programs to raise awareness and prevent TBI’s with school based programs as well as offer sports concussion safety information for coaches and parents to protect players on and off the field.
  • Educate caregivers, families and survivors about brain injury with annual conferences, workshops and provider trainings.
  • Increase the number of statewide support groups for survivors, families and caregivers as well as provide resources and information through our helpline.

Each year, there are 64,000 new cases of Traumatic Brain Injury reported in Massachusetts alone.  The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is committed to helping survivors, families and caregivers through the difficult healing process that follows a brain injury.

Your gift has the power to create a better future for brain injury survivors and their community.


 

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.  Donations by mail 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.  Donations can also be made online at:  http://www.biama.org/donate.html.

 

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). Click here to give a Memorial Tribute Gift Donation

 

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.

Create Your Lasting Legacy
A planned gift to BIA-MA can help us reach our long-term vision of preventing brain injuries and providing vital financial resources to serve the brain injury community.  Your planned gift is an easy way to form a lasting tribute while providing much needed support to our mission.
When you have been touched by a brain injury, a planned gift may be a fitting legacy for you.  We encourage you to talk with your financial advisor or attorney when considering planned giving options.

 

Have questions or want to know more?
Please contact:
BIA-MA
Attn: Development Office
30 Lyman Street, Suite 10
Westborough, MA 01581
(508) 475-0032 x29
development@biama.org