Brain Injury Help Line: 1-800-242-0030
Kristin’s New Beginning
Photography by David Porter @2016
On September 15, 2014, Karin O’Brien got the call every parent dreads – her 30 year old daughter, Kristin, was found unresponsive in her home. Kristin’s heart had stopped for 4 minutes, creating a lack of oxygen to her brain, causing an anoxic brain injury. The ER doctors told Karin that Kristin’s prognosis was grave, and to start making arrangements.
My life is separated into before and after. Before, I was a Senior Clinical Research Associate assisting in clinical trials with CAP, working with Dana Farber, Tufts, and Johns Hopkins and others in cancer research. Now, I am a survivor and I am lucky to be alive.
The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts has shown me that there is more for me. Every day I can help someone else, I feel like I’ve done the right thing. I am so happy to be here and have found my silver lining. Every day is a new beginning.
I didn’t know what I was facing; I just knew it was bad. I advocated for my daughter through the healthcare system, I petitioned to keep her out of a nursing home facility during rehab and to bring her home instead of sending her to an adult foster care center. Nothing would have made this journey easier. But the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts has certainly made it more manageable. (They have not only helped me advocate for my daughter, but given us hope for a future of better things for Kristin.)
Your donation will make a difference for Massachusetts families affected by brain injury, because it has certainly made a difference in ours.
A brain injury doesn’t affect just one person – it affects an entire community.
The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is here to help navigate all of the unknowns associated with brain injury.
What you can do to help:
Make A Gift – donations of any size help BIA-MA to offer important prevention and awareness programs, deliver brain injury specific education for professionals, survivors and caregivers, advocate for legislation that enhances public awareness, laws and better serves brain injury survivors, and provide helpful resources, information and support groups statewide.
Honor a loved one by making your gift in their honor or memory.
Double your gift by asking your employer if they have a Matching Gift Program. Make your donation to BIA-MA and fill out the paperwork provided by your Human Resources Department – it’s that easy. Many companies even match gifts made by spouses and retirees!
Our federal tax ID number is 042-753-269.
Want to be more active? Consider hosting a community fundraiser and create your own fundraising page to make it easy. Holidays, birthdays and anniversaries are great opportunities to incorporate your friends and family in your efforts. Or create a fun event all your own!
Sign up! BIA-MA has many opportunities to get involved!
Become a member – membership provides crucial support to all BIA-MA programs. By signing up to be a members you receive the BIA-MA quarterly newsletter “Heads Up Headlines”, alerts on advocacy and brain injury news, discounts to educational conferences and workshops, and much more.
Survivor Speaker Program – being a survivor speaker with the BIA-MA means you will be sharing your story and message of prevention in our programs such as Brains at Risk, Think A Head and Ambassador.
Volunteer – BIA-MA volunteer opportunities range from help around the office and event planning to being a Legislative Advocate for change.
Join a support group. BIA-MA has over 53 support groups across the state and 3 regional offices. Each support group is different – but each offers survivors and caregivers a forum for sharing information about brain injury as well as a compassionate and understanding peer group.
For more information contact the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) at 508-475-0032