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Patients and therapists get ready to go ‘joggin’ for their noggins’

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March is brain injury awareness month, and two patients and their therapists are getting ready to do a little “joggin’ for their noggins.” “It’s the only one that I’ve ever heard of or found or really anything somewhat locally that brings attention to brain injury awareness,” Brittany Stewart of LewisGale said. Steven Myers and Jacob Pillis both suffered traumatic brain …

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Brain Injury Services Receives $104,900 in Grants

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Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia has received $104,900 in grants for its programming. Two grants — $40,000 from the Roanoke Women’s Foundation and $24,900 from the Verizon Foundation — support the Community Living Connection program, a telehealth program that uses the Internet to provide support to people living with brain injury. The program primarily seeks to create a community …

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Take students with concussions out of the game

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Perhaps without knowing, Ray Cox covered an extremely timely topic for March — Brain Injury Awareness Month — in his March 5 Current article “Radford High junior works past pain.” We were appalled and angered by his cavalier attitude toward an injury that can have serious, long-term consequences. His glorification, in detail, of the Radford High School basketball player “battling …

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Rooker: Don’t forget about brain injuries

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In 2000, the late Del. Chip Wood rum handed me a copy of the 1999 Senate Document No. 16, “Action plan for the appropriate treatment of persons with brain injuries in the mental health system,” and said, “You will need this some day.” That document had led to legislation that no longer permitted individuals with primary diagnosis of brain injury, suffering …

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Wythe-Bland Foundation Announces Grants

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Wythe-Bland Foundation recently awarded $1.6 million in 33 grants to not-for-profit groups providing services to residents in Wythe and Bland counties. This brings the total community investment made by the foundation since its creation to $27,647,830. In addition, the foundation has budgeted $425,000 for the Wytheville Community College Scholarship Program. The scholarship ensures residents and graduates of Wythe and Bland …

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Star City Sweetness Event to Benefit Brain Injury Services of SW VA

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Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia, started in 2000 by a New River Valley couple that lost their son to traumatic brain injury, provides clients with the resources they need while in recovery. The Roanoke-based organization, which covers much of Southwestern Virginia and now extends into the Lynchburg, Martinsville and Danville areas, doesn’t provide those services itself but makes sure …