Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
July 31, 2013

Walk for Thought
Saturday, September 7

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Upcoming Workshops:

Brain Injury Basics: Caregiving
Date: August 22
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

Brain Injury Basics: Introduction to Brain Injury
Date: September 26
Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: $25 for Professionals; $5 donation appreciated from Consumers.

Location: All classes are held in the Education Center at the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance

To register for a class, please click here or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442.


In this issue:
• Come Celebrate at Brain-a-Palooza
• Walk for Thought
• Mayo Clinic TBI Model System - The CONNECT Trial – Seeking Participants
• TBI Family Retreat
• Rochester BICC Conference - October 15
• Lash & Associates Publishing/Training Online Magazine

Come Celebrate at Brain-a-Palooza
This Saturday, Saturday, August 3, join Tim Rundall, a long-time supporter of the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, at the Second Annual Brain-a-Palooza fundraiser. Tim gives back to the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance in honor of his son Adam who sustained a brain injury ten years ago. Doors open for Brain-a-Palooza at 1 p.m. at O'Gara’s Garage, 164 Snelling Ave. N. in St. Paul.

Nine music acts will play throughout the day and evening. There are two stages: the "Main Stage" (2 to 11 p.m.) and the "Acoustic Stage" (5 to 9:30 p.m.). There will also be a "Music Talent Competition" during the afternoon with a 1st place prize of $100; competitors must register by 3 p.m. to take part in the Music Talent Competition.

Tickets are $20 at the door. Children 12 and under are free; children 13 to 17 years of age are $10. Children MUST be accompanied by a parent.

All proceeds from Brain-a-Palooza will benefit the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance, helping to serve the over 100,000 Minnesotans living with disabilities as a result of brain injury. Join us for an afternoon and evening of music and fun while raising money for a great cause!

For more information contact: Tim Rundall at timrundall@yahoo.com.

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Walk for Thought
The 2013 Walk for Thought will take place on Saturday, September 7 at Canal Park in Duluth, Silver Lake in Rochester, CentraCare Health Plaza in Saint Cloud, and Como Park in Saint Paul.

Celebrate the strengths and successes of the thousands of individuals who have experience brain injury, along with their families, friends and the professionals who work with them at this year's Walk.

Click here for more information and to start your team today!
Click here to donate online!
Click here to join the 2013 Walk for Thought Event Community Page on Facebook!

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Mayo Clinic TBI Model System - The CONNECT Trial – Seeking Participants
If you are at least 18 years old and were hospitalized with TBI in the past 12 months, you may be able to help Mayo Clinic do a first-of-its-kind research study to understand how telemedicine (communicating by computer) might be an effective way to remotely connect TBI expertise with those who need it.

Mayo Clinic TBI rehabilitation specialists are seeking participants to help with a pre-research pilot in which the specialists will test different forms of communication (web based, email, smart phone, text, social media, Skype) to provide education, consultation, and other types of TBI related care from a distance.

If an individual is interested in this experience, we will also ask them whether we can communicate with their families or caregivers, as well as their local providers (for example, primary care providers and therapists), to also involve them in this experience.

Please contact Anne Moessner, RN at Moessner.anne@mayo.edu or 507-255-3166 if you are able to spend up to 4-6 hours of time over the course of about 60 days working with the Mayo Clinic TBI rehabilitation team. Any expertise or guidance provided during this limited-term pilot will be free.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to help us learn, your time and efforts will greatly contribute to the success of this project!

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Annual TBI Family Retreat - Registration Closes August 1

It is only a matter of weeks until the TBI Family Retreat! This year's weekend event, held on Friday evening, September 27 through Sunday noon, September 29, provides an opportunity for families who have children and youth with traumatic brain injuries to share time together in a recreational setting near Annandale.

This annual weekend event is for families with children and teens who have a traumatic brain injury. Approximately 15 families participate in the retreat each year. Cost is $30 per family, with scholarships available. Meals, accommodations, and overnight lodging are provided at the camp, which is wheelchair accessible.

Registration deadline is August 1. Click here for more information and to register today.

The TBI Retreat is funded by the Minnesota Low Incidence Projects, which is made possible through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. Planning efforts are provided by members of the Statewide TBI Educational Network and Courage Center, and Retreat volunteers are recruited and organized through the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance.

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Rochester BICC Conference - October 15
Save the date! The Rochester Area Brain Injury Community Committee (BICC) conference presents "Soon Many Questions: Life with Brain Injury" on Tuesday, October 15 at the Ramada Hotel in Rochester, Minnesota. More details and registration information will be available in August.

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Lash & Associates Publishing/Training June Online Magazine
June's edition of Lash and Associates Publishing/Training Inc.'s online magazine, Brain Injury Journey - Hope, Help, Healing is now available by clicking here.

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Classified Ad Opportunities
We are pleased to provide an online opportunity for organizations to broadcast their message about job openings, services and more through affordable, convenient advertising. This bi-weekly electronic publication is sent to more than 6,250 professionals, paraprofessionals and persons with brain injury and their families.

The cost to run a classified ad of up to 250 words is $20 for one edition or $30 for two editions. Ads must be submitted in electronic form to receive this rate. Ads submitted in hard copy will be charged an additional $15 administrative fee. To learn more about this affordable, convenient advertising opportunity, please e-mail Phil at philg@braininjurymn.org or call 612-378-2742 or 800-669-6442. Advertising is posted at the end of the publication under the heading "Classified Ads."

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