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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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gatewayThe Gateway Program is a two-part diversion series designed to promote brain injury awareness and prevention among adolescents who have been arrested for misdemeanor offenses that could result in TBI. The program makes the link between risky behaviors and the causes, costs, and consequences of brain injuries.

Gateway’s curriculum focuses on the risks of underage drinking, the effects of alcohol and marijuana on the teenage brain, and the importance of safe driving. Attendees participate in empathy exercises and hear from survivors of brain injury who describe how their injuries have changed their lives.

Gateway, conducted in collaboration with the District Attorneys' offices throughout the Commonwealth, gives juveniles with first-time convictions a second chance to make good choices.


"The Gateway Program helps our teenagers make better, more informed choices by introducing them to others who have first-hand knowledge of the dangers and consequences of using drugs and alcohol."

- Gerald T. Leone, Jr., District Attorney, Middlesex County


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