Artwork of 250 Survivors of Brain Injury on Display at Phoenix Conference May 17th Conference Brings Together Hundreds of Survivors

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May 14, 2019
Phoenix – The annual conference for the  statewide nonprofit  Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona will feature something extra special this year. The free educational conference, Rays of Hope, for persons living with brain injury, their care partners and family members, will be displaying masks made by over 250 Arizona survivors of brain injury and their care partners.  The masks are works of art that depict the survivor or caregiver’s journey in life after brain injury. Survivors of brain injury such as concussion, stroke, TBI, brain tumor, aneurisms, accidental overdose, near-drowning, and more from all over Arizona participated in the project. The conference takes place on Friday, May 17th at Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix from 9AM-3:30PM. Registration can be found here.
 
“This project represents residents of Arizona from every part of the state and every walk of life who have sustained a brain injury and survived,” said Carrie Collins-Fadell, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Alliance. “When people see the exhibit they are going to be struck by the unusual ways some of their fellow residents acquired a brain injury, such as surviving a strike form lightening or sky diving, riding rodeo, surviving a mass shooting and the sadly all-too common such as domestic violence, IEDs during military service, car accidents, and tumors.” 
 
Rays of Hope is an essential point of education and gathering for survivors of brain injury.  In Arizona over 50,000 residents visit a trauma-one emergency room every year for concerns about a traumatic brain injury alone. Statistics for non-traumatic brain injuries such as those from stroke or a near-fatal drug overdose are not collected or tallied, making the epidemic of brain injury substantially larger than it appears.  Nationally someone has a brain injury every 23 seconds.
 
“Recovery from even a mild brain injury, such as a concussion, can take years and impact every area of life, from balance and vision, to fatigue and your ability to return successfully to work and school,” said Scott Palumbo, Chair of the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona Advisory Council.  “That’s why it is critical that survivors and caregivers get connected to the proper education and resources.  This conference does just that!”

Rays of Hope, a conference for survivors of brain injury will take place at Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix. Members of the media are invited to attend, see the display, and meet with dozens of artists who have survived a brain injury on May 17, 2019 between 8AM-3:30PM. For more information, contact Carrie Collins-Fadell, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Alliance at 520-310-3301 or Carrie@biaaz.org
 
The Brain Injury Alliance is a 501c3 statewide nonprofit that offers support, education, and services for survivors of brain injury, caregivers, and professionals who provide direct services to survivors of brain injury. BIAAZ.org