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March 1, 2013 / Mark Kerrigan

Press Release for Brain Injury Awareness Month


Free ‘Bancroft Unplugged’ events to feature

personal stories by people with brain injuries

Haddonfield, N.J.—February 28, 2013—Bancroft Brain Injury Rehabilitation will host two inspiring evenings of personal tales, triumphs, insights and special moments, at “Bancroft Unplugged: One world, many stories.”

The free events – scheduled for two sites in March, in celebration of Brain Injury Awareness Month – will feature brief autobiographical speeches by people with brain injuries.

“A brain injury can happen to anyone in an instant, whether it’s from a car crash, sports injury, fall or other trauma,” said Cynthia Boyer, Ph.D., Bancroft’s executive director of brain injury services. “During Brain Injury Awareness Month, we want to educate the public about brain injury and the lifelong challenges survivors can face, but also share inspiring stories of hope and perseverance from local survivors.”

Bancroft Unplugged events will be held:

Tuesday, March 19, from 5 – 6:30 pm
Cherry Hill Public Library
1100 Kings Highway North
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Featuring speakers from Bancroft’s Southern NJ programs

Wednesday, March 27, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Plainsboro Public Library
9 Van Doren Street
Plainsboro, NJ 08536

Featuring speakers from Bancroft’s Central NJ programs, including Brick Twp.

Each person’s speech represents the progress in his or her rehabilitation to date – which can be months or even years. In fact, preparation for the evening becomes part of the speakers’ rehabilitation. The speeches tap skills gained through cognitive, speech and occupational therapy, among others.

“Bancroft Unplugged is a way for the speakers to gain a better understanding of their own rehabilitation and how far they have come,” explained Janine Gardner, a coordinator of the event.

“That understanding,” added co-coordinator Arleen DeStefano, “can help people identify the challenges they still face, and enable them to better address those difficulties.”

Advance registration is requested. Contact Lynn Tomaio at (856) 616-6454 or email lynn.tomaio@bancroft.org.

Bancroft Brain Injury Rehabilitation helps people with acquired brain injuries live more fulfilling and productive lives in the community through a wide range of therapeutic, vocational, residential, outpatient and in-home services. Begun in 1991 as one of the first programs of its kind in the region, Bancroft Brain Injury Rehabilitation is a division of Haddonfield, N.J.-based Bancroft, a leading nonprofit service-provider for people with neurological disabilities.

 

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