TBIRC marked its seventh anniversary in April; and, to celebrate the day, the Center held an open house and bike helmet giveaway for both children and adults. Over 200 attendees were fitted with the help of staff from Werzel’s Bike Shop, a co-sponsor of the event. Employees from Mercy Health, another co-sponsor, were on hand to demonstrate to kids the benefit of wearing a helmet by dropping eggs: one with a “helmet” and the other without. The Mercy Stroke Bus, a state-of-the-art ambulance with an on-board CT scanner was available for tours. Finally, the Amazing Eli made an appearance, creating balloon creatures and performing tricks. Despite a little rain early on, it was a perfect day for us to promote brain injury prevention. After all, the use of helmets has been shown to significantly reduce the level of injury caused in biking-related accidents!
Since the onset of the pandemic forced social distancing for the safety of those at the Center, new approaches to programming needed to be considered. For the past several months, survivors have been assembling packages that are donated back into our community. Whether it’s book bags packed with school supplies, food packages that include all the ingredients to prepare a meal along with written insturctions, or toiletry kits filled with daily essentials, survivors have gained not only from working on the multistep tasks of assembling these kits, but they have also felt the satisfaction of helping others. The latest effort focuses on bags for boys and girls filled with Halloween treats.
Cooler weather arived on Saturday, September 22, just in time for the first day of Autumn and our 2nd Annual Fall Festival. This family-friendly event saw the return of the Mega Brain as well as the Amazing Eli and his balloon creations. New for 2018 was a vist from Spiderman and Poppy from Laurel’s Party Princesses. Volunteers from Wersell’s Bike Shop fitted kids with bike helmets, generously provided by Charles E. Boyk Law Offices. The festival also included hands-on activites for both children and adults including pumpkin painting and making fairy gardens. TBIRC would like to recognize Mercy Healtcare as the presenting sponsor, as well as Signature Bank; Gallon, Tacas, Boissoneault, & Schaeffer Co., and Charles E. Boyk Law Offices.
For the past 16 years, Sylvania Area Family Services has recognized individuals and organizations that make a difference in our community with the Ray of Hope Awards. TBIRC is proud to announce that Jackie Moore, co-founder of the center, has been selected as one of the 2018 recipients. The award was presented on Wednesday, October 17 at an event held at The Pinnacle. In accepting the award, Jackie thanked Matt Hall, for nominating her and the center. She also recognized the tremendous support of the community and Mercy Healthcare, the center’s partner.