The Story Behind the Poster
Brain Injury Can Happen to Anyone
As we enter graduation season, high school seniors across the country take an important step toward the realization of their dreams and career goals.
Three years ago, when Hailey Harms escorted her friend Evan Wall as he achieved that rite of passage, life changing injury was not a part of their future plans.
Hailey was a competitive skater who hoped to make the national team and compete in the Olympics. Evan was a linebacker who won MVP his senior year as well as awards for excellence in maths and sciences.
Three years later, due to unrelated brain injuries, their lives will never be the same.
Hailey sustained multiple skating-related concussions and was told she would never be able to skate again.
Evan was in a car accident that left him where he is today – working hard to regain control of his speech and mobility.
Two ambitious teenagers from the same rural community sustained completely separate brain injuries that changed the course of their lives forever. Brain injury can happen to anyone.
Evan and Hailey’s stories are featured in a four-part video mini-series for Brain Injury Awareness Month being released nationally on social media over the next ten days under the hashtags #BIAM17 and #thisisthefaceofbraininjury.
Brain injury is the NUMBER ONE cause of death and disability WORLDWIDE among children, youth and those under age 44. Close to one and a half million Canadians live with the consequences of brain injury everyday.
June is Brain Injury Awareness Month #BIAM17
During Brain Injury Awareness Month this June, brain injury associations across the country are putting a face to this epidemic through posters, events, and social media, using the hashtag, #IamTheFaceofBrainInjury.
Hailey Harms is one of those faces. When asked what she would like the public to know about brain injury, 19 year old Hailey stated, “That it can happen to absolutely anybody, your neighbour, your mother, your daughter. All ages. Anyone.”
When Hailey was 16 years old, her competitive skating career was cut short after she suffered too many concussions. Doctors told her she would never be able to skate again. The risk of more serious brain injury and severe consequences was just too great. Hailey’s hopes and dreams for a skating career were crushed.
Hailey’s high school friend, Evan Wall, experienced a more severe brain injury through another common cause, a car accident. When Hailey escorted Evan at his 2014 high school graduation, he was heading to the University of Saskatchewan to study engineering. Three years later, he is working very hard to regain his ability to talk and walk. He dreams of returning to university and engineering but his future is yet unclear.
Two talented young people from the same rural Saskatchewan community.
Two brain injuries. Two different experiences Two different outcomes.
Hailey is a part of the national 2017 Brain Injury Awareness month campaign and with Evan, a video series to be released on You Tube in mid-June, using their experience to help others prevent brain injury – its only cure.
Brain injury is the NUMBER ONE cause of death and disability WORLDWIDE among children, youth and those under age 44.
Unfortunately our Fall Conference 2017 has been postponed. Please watch for new conference dates to be announced here.
Impact Pathways Ahead – Our June 2017 Newsletter
Enthusiasm filled the Conference room at the Saint John Hilton for the first Brain Injury Canada Conference held in New Brunswick in April. Close to fifty survivors and their family attended to learn more about brain injury and to support each other.
The desire to connect with others who understood the experience of living with a brain injury was strong. It is a theme I have often heard in each of the communities I have visited across the country.
There is a similar desire to connect at the provincial and local level among brain injury associations across the country. We have been meeting by telephone conference call over the past several months and the co-operative spirit among those in attendance has been so encouraging.
We all are very aware that the services and resources available for those living with brain injury are inadequate. So there we are joining together to share our resources to increase the support and awareness across the country.
ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY (ABI)
160,000 Canadians sustain brain injuries each year. Incidence (and reporting rates) are rising. Over a million Canadians live with the effects of an acquired brain injury.
RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY
Currently a national strategy exists for stroke, spinal cord injury, cancer and cardiac care but nothing exists for traumatic brain injury.
PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
Seek early diagnosis and treatment from a doctor or emergency room. The sooner you respond the better your chances for recovery.
CARE SERVICES DIRECTORY
One of the greatest difficulties reported by brain injury survivors and their care givers is being able to navigate the care system to find the right services…
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BRAIN INJURY CANADA presents…
A short and inspiring 10 minute documentary featuring a number of brain injury survivors as they share their experiences with recovery and personal growth.
Features an original song composed for the film entitled “Purpose” composed by Timothy Trieste and performed by The Life of Pearls featuring singer Shann Bailey.