Jackie and Michael Moore’s experience with traumatic brain injury (TBI) began in June 2011 when Jackie was involved in a multivehicle accident while she was stopped for a school bus.
Although she suffered only a momentary loss of consciousness, the symptoms that she has experienced over the ensuing months and years have been debilitating.
The couple learned that in about 15% of all cases of mild TBI, often referred to as concussion, patients have persistent complications even a year after their injuries. As the couple sought treatment options and answers to their questions, they have participated in clinical trials at the National Institute of Health and with the University of Oregon. Along the way, they have learned techniques that help alleviate some of the daily complications associated with TBI.
In August 2014, the couple founded the Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Center (TBIRC). The center will be the first of its kind in Ohio, offering TBI survivors, their caregivers and families much needed support. The couple’s first task was to estimate the incidence and prevalence of TBI in the Toledo area. They learned that on average 16 people per day in our area suffer a head injury and that 12,000 to 17,000 people in our community suffer with lasting effects. Armed with these statistics, they prepared an initial programming plan and sought community support.
TBIRC received its 501(c)3 status in September 2014 and held its first board meeting. In November the organization held a Fall Educational Fair and Fundraiser. Three speakers and 8 organizations supported the event including Mercy Health, Harbor Behavioral, Mass Mutual and the Ability Center. In December, TBIRC participated in “Giving Tuesday Northwest Ohio” sponsored by the Toledo Community Foundation.
Recently, TBIRC has received a generous in-kind donation of a location in an existing commercial building owned by Mercy Health. Join us as we strive to support the TBI community in Northwest Ohio!