BIANYS NAMES NEW CO-CHAIR FOR STATEWIDE CONCUSSION INITIATIVE

 

ALBANY, N.Y.: January 30, 2018 –  The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS), a statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families, announced today that Brian Rieger, PhD has been appointed Co-Chair of the agency’s statewide Concussion Initiative.

Dr. Rieger is Chief Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at SUNY Upstate Medical University.  A specialist in brain injury, Rieger serves as the director of the Upstate Concussion Center.  He will support the committee in his new role alongside longstanding BIANYS Board Member and Co-Chair Andrew Hess, PhD.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Rieger to the leadership team of the Concussion Initiative,” said Eileen Reardon, Executive Director of BIANYS. “Dr. Rieger brings both comprehensive leadership skills and knowledge in the arena of concussion.  Additionally, his extensive experience serving patients makes him an ideal choice as co-chair for the committee as we continue to work toward addressing concussion statewide.”

Dr. Rieger earned his Bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and obtained his PhD in Counseling Psychology at Fordham University in New York City. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of concussion and sports-concussion at medical, sports, academic and community forums.  His research interests include academic problems due to concussion as well as novel assessment techniques in concussion management.

“I am honored that BIANYS has asked me to serve as co-chair of this incredibly important initiative,” Rieger said. “I look forward to working alongside a talented committee of professionals and specialists as we continue to work towards preventing and responding to concussion across New York State.”

The BIANYS Concussion Initiative was developed by the organization as an interdisciplinary approach to issues related to concussion. The goals of the Initiative are to identify and implement protocols that achieve a successfully Return-to-Life for all New Yorkers who sustain concussions; advocate for corresponding public policy addressing concussion; and to implement a statewide educational standard that addresses concussion for those impacted by concussion, loved ones, and professionals in the field.

 

BIANYS ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH IN MARCH WITH CONTINUATION OF BLUE JEANS FOR BRAIN INJURY CAMPAIGN AND ANNUAL ADVOCACY DAY

Organizations across the state are invited to participate to raise awareness and funds to support the BIANYS during the Month of March

Hundreds of individuals, caregivers and family members affected by brain injury to attend BIANYS Annual Brain Injury Advocacy Day on March 20

ALBANY, NY: January 18, 2018 – The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS), a statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families announced today plans for Brain Injury Awareness Month in March with the continuation of their annual Blue Jeans for Brain Injury fundraising campaign, Brain Injury Advocacy Day and other statewide activities.

Every year, serious falls, assaults, car accidents and other incidents such as stroke result in brain injury for thousands of New Yorkers. Brain injury profoundly impacts individuals’ physical and cognitive abilities and makes it extremely difficult or impossible for individuals to live full productive lives. Brain injury can influence family dynamics, community activities, employment and social life. Behavioral changes that may occur as a result of brain injury can also have a significant impact on the ability to interact with others and conform to the rules and structure of society.

“The Brain Injury Association is proud to be on the forefront of organizing awareness activities throughout New York State during Brain Injury Awareness Month in March,” said Eileen Reardon, executive director for BIANYS. “We have been successful working alongside dozens of organizations to host individual events statewide and we are proud to continue to raise awareness and funds to support our mission based work.”

In March, BIANYS will commence their statewide Brain Injury Awareness activities with their first Meet and Greet of the year on Wednesday, March 7 at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, N.Y. The scheduled session will include a live in-person program and an interactive question-and-answer period hosted by staff and leadership from BIANYS.

As part of Brain Injury Awareness Month,  the organization is also organizing their annual Brain Injury Advocacy Day on March 20 in Albany, N.Y.  Hundreds of individuals, caregivers and family members affected by brain injury will have the opportunity to share their personal experience, meet with legislators, address current issues and show their support for the cause.

Organizations and companies that are looking to do something impactful and are interested in participating in any of the upcoming activities scheduled, are invited to participate in one of the following free informational webinars:

  • Wednesday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 1 at 10:00 a.m.

Registration is available online at www.bianys.org

 

 

 

 

 

BIANYS ANNOUNCES RETURN OF ANNUAL JOURNEY OF HOPE GALA TO MANHATTAN PENTHOUSE IN OCTOBER

BIANYS names Kenneth B. Goldblatt, Esq. and Lori Goldblatt as this year’s honorary chairs

NEW YORK, N.Y.: August 10, 2017 – The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS), a statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families, announced today it will host its annual Journey of Hope Gala at the Manhattan Penthouse on Wednesday, October 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The organization invites attendees to enjoy an evening in celebration of the courageous individuals and families impacted by brain injury across the state.

BIANYS provides resources, support groups, training, prevention programs, and other services to help individuals with brain injury and their families in New York.  Since its inception, more than $900,000 has been raised through their annual gala with proceeds supporting programs and services provided by the organization.

“The Journey of Hope Gala will be a fun, festive night to support a wonderful cause, and it will certainly make a difference for the thousands of New Yorkers who sustain brain injuries every year,” said Kenneth B. Goldblatt, 2017 Journal of Hope Gala Honorary Co-Chair.

“The Brain Injury Association of New York State continuously helps so many brain injury survivors and their family members who don’t know what to do following a life changing injury,” said Lori Goldblatt, 2017 Journal of Hope Gala Honorary Co-Chair. “We are honored to help organize this annual celebration, which will further assist BIANYS in continuing and expanding their much-needed services across the state.”

Guests will enjoy fine foods, music, a silent auction featuring high-end prizes and an open bar. The organization will also recognize several honorees all who have made a significant impact on the brain injury community.

The Journey of Hope Gala is presented by the Brain Injury Association of New York State with longstanding support from:  Goldblatt & Associates, P.C. and RUSK Rehabilitation.  Additional support for the event is provided by: Siegel & Coonerty Attorneys at Law, AHRC, O’Connell and Aronowitz, Wells Fargo and Northwell Health Rehabilitative Services.  Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are still available by contacting Erica Rossin at erossin@bianys.org.

Tickets are $250 per person or $400 for an individual Honorary Committee Member Ticket which includes a pre-event VIP reception and recognition on the Journey Of Hope Gala invitation and program. Ticket reservations are required and can be made by phone at 518-459-7911 or online at bianys.org/event/journey-of-hope-gala-2017. The Manhattan Penthouse is located at 80 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.

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BIANYS ANNOUNCES LOCAL HONOREES FOR UPCOMING MARCH ON FOR BRAIN INJURY WALK AT NYIT-OLD WESTBURY IN AUGUST

Four individuals connected to the local brain injury community to be named this year’s honorees

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y.: July 26 2017 – The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS), a statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families, announced today that four local individuals have been named the 2017 Honorees for their inaugural satellite walk on Long Island.  The event, which will be held in partnership with Mind Over Matter, is scheduled for Saturday, August 26 at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) – Old Westbury campus in Old Westbury, N.Y.

“The Brain Injury Association of New York State is pleased to announce this year’s honorees,” said Eileen Reardon, BIANYS Executive Director “We have four outstanding individuals who are personally connected with or are working in the field of brain injury and are thrilled that they will serve as this year’s honorees.  Each individual’s connection with brain injury is unique and through their personal stories and outreach we hope to unite hundreds of individuals on Long Island who have been impacted by this invisible injury.”

The March On for Brain Injury campaign serves as a statewide celebration.  The addition of the Long Island Satellite walk to the March On for Brain Injury events, will support the organization’s growth in building awareness, visibility and understanding of brain injury across New York State. Proceeds from the event will benefit the organization’s programs and services supporting individuals statewide.

The following individuals have been named this year’s honorees:

-Partner Honoree
Jenna Mosenson
The Brain Injury Association of New York State is pleased to honor Jenna Mosenson, a 20-year-old former roller hockey player who suffered numerous concussions.  She founded Mind Over Matter (mindovermatter-tbi.org) an organization dedicated to bringing awareness of and educating the public about concussion.

-Medical Honoree 
Dr. Deborah M. Benson
Dr. Benson is a New York State Licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with brain injury survivors and their families on Long Island. She is a Senior Director of Clinical Services at Paradigm Outcomes, maintains privileges at Northwell Health, and founded Common Ground Alliance, a Long Island volunteer organization that provides social/recreational activities for brain injury survivors and families.  Dr. Benson, a former BIANYS board member, remains an active participant in BIANYS’ Long Island Chapter and is committed to serving and advocating for brain injury survivors and families.

-Youth Honoree
Donovan Maldonado
The Brain Injury Association of New York State is pleased to honor Donovan Maldonado as this year’s youth honoree. On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, Donovan “Donny” Maldonado was struck by a car while walking home from school. He suffered severe head trauma (TBI) and a shattered spleen among other ailments.  After about seven months in inpatient rehab, Donny finally came home on August 22, 2016 and was able to walk and talk again.  This special young man as made a miraculous journey and he is not finished yet!

-Corporate Honoree
Dr. Hallie Zwibel, New York Institute of Technology  – Center for Sports Medicine
The Brain Injury Association of New York State is pleased to honor Dr. Hallie Zwibel of New York Institute of Technology- Center for Sports Medicine as this year’s Corporate Honoree.  At the NYIT Center for Sports Medicine, the multidisciplinary team includes over 40 providers specializing in neurology, sports medicine, pediatrics, and psychology, in addition to occupational and physical therapies.  Currently, the Center provides injury and illness management, concussion care, and education, to the over 800 NYIT and LIO Post collegiate athletes, the NYIT community of students, faculty, and staff, as well as patients in the local community.

The March On for Brain Injury Long Island Satellite event will feature a fun walk and activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Attendees will gather at the Riland Health Care Center on the NYIT-Old Westbury campus.  Registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. start time for the walk. Attendees are encouraged to walk at their own pace.

Since its inception, nearly $185,000 has been raised through March On for Brain Injury events across New York State to support programs and services provided by the organization. As part of their statewide campaign, BIANYS will be also be hosting March on for Brain Injury event in Rochester and Hudson Valley.

March on for Brain Injury – Long Island is presented by the Brain Injury Association of New York State in partnership with Mind Over Matter.  Additional support for the event is provided by: J & G Associates, NYIT Center for Sports Medicine and Northwell Health Rehabilitation Network. Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Erica Rossin by phone at 518-459-7911 or via email at erossin@bianys.org.

For more information or to register, visit https://hudsonvalleymarchon.bianys.org/LongIsland.

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BIANYS ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL MARCH ON FOR BRAIN INJURY EVENT ON LONG ISLAND AT NYIT IN OLD WESTBURY

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y.: July 18, 2017 – The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS), a statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families, announced today their plans to expand their popular March On for Brain Injury campaign to include an inaugural satellite walk on Long Island.  The event, which will be held in partnership with Mind Over Matter, will take place on Saturday, August 26 at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in Old Westbury, N.Y.

The addition of the Long Island Satellite walk to the March On for Brain Injury events will support the organization’s growth in developing a one-day statewide celebration to build awareness, visibility and understanding of brain injury across New York State. Proceeds from the event will benefit the organization’s programs and services supporting individuals statewide.

“The Brain Injury Association of New York State is pleased to partner with Mind Over Matter for this exciting expansion of one of our signature events to Long Island,” said Eileen Reardon, BIANYS Executive Director “We have a strong chapter and great partners on Long Island and we are thrilled to be able to let the Long Island community know that there is support for individuals impacted by brain injury and their family members. We are also thankful to NYIT for collaborating with us and inviting us to host our upcoming event at their facility.”

The March On for Brain Injury Long Island Satellite event will feature a family fun walk and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Attendees will gather at the Riland Health Care Center on the NYIT-Old Westbury campus.  Registration will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. start time for the walk. Attendees are encouraged to walk at their own pace.

Since its inception, nearly $185,000 has been raised through March On for Brain Injury events across New York State to support programs and services provided by the organization. As part of their statewide campaign, BIANYS will be also be hosting March on for Brain Injury events in Rochester, Hudson Valley, with an additional satellite walk in New York City.

March On for Brain Injury Long Island Satellite Walk is presented by the Brain Injury Association of New York State in partnership with Mind Over Matter. Additional support for the event is provided by: J & G Associates and NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Center for Sports Medicine. Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Erica Rossin by phone at 518-459-7911 or via email at erossin@bianys.org.

For more information or to register, visit https://hudsonvalleymarchon.bianys.org/LongIsland.

 

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BIANYS ANNOUNCES LOCAL HONOREES FOR UPCOMING MARCH ON FOR BRAIN INJURY 5K AND FAMILY FUN WALK AT SENECA PARK IN AUGUST

BIANYS ANNOUNCES LOCAL HONOREES FOR UPCOMING MARCH ON FOR BRAIN INJURY 5K AND FAMILY FUN WALK AT SENECA PARK IN AUGUST

Three individuals connected to the local brain injury community to be named this year’s honorees

ROCHESTER, N.Y.: July 18, 2017 – The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS), a statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families, announced today that three local individuals have been named the 2017 Honorees for the March On for Brain Injury Event.  The event is scheduled to return to Seneca Park on Saturday, August 26 in Rochester, N.Y.

Now in its fourth year, March On for Brain Injury will feature an inaugural 5K course aimed to attract more participants to the already popular family-friendly event.

“The Brain Injury Association of New York State is pleased to announce this year’s honorees,” said Eileen Reardon, BIANYS Executive Director “We have three outstanding individuals who are personally connected with or are working in the field of brain injury, we are proud that they will serve as this year’s honorees.  Each individual’s connection with brain injury is unique and through their personal stories and outreach we hope to unite hundreds of individuals in Rochester and surrounding areas who have been impacted by this invisible injury.”

The following individuals have been named this year’s honorees:
-Adult Honoree
Evan Pirrello
The Brain Injury Association of New York State is pleased to honor Evan Pirrello.  Evan is an active 27 year old who suffered a brain injury at a very young age.  With the help of his family and many people along the way, Evan graduated high school and college. Today, Evan works at Wegmans, lives in his own apartment and is able to live a happy and meaningful life.

-Medical Honoree 
Dr. Ryan Uribe
The Brain Injury Association of New York State is pleased to honor Dr. Ryan Uribe as this year’s Medical Honoree.  Dr. Uribe is a Doctor of Chiropractic.  He is nationally board certified and has held state licensure in both Kansas and New York.  He has a special interest in problems related to the upper neck.  Dr. Uribe has been studying the craniocervical junction extensively and how it impacts brain function.  He is passionate about increasing awareness of education about how upper cervical specific chiropractic can help patients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

-Youth Honoree
Peter Forte
The Brain Injury Association of New York State is pleased to honor Peter Forte ‘Petie’ as this year’s youth honoree. Petie was 14 years old when he sustained a traumatic brain injury spending nearly three weeks in a coma. He underwent months of rehabilitation in order to recover strength and learn to eat and walk again.  Through his journey, Petie got connected with the Brain Injury Association of New York State and to date is continuing his recovery as an active FACTS participant with the support of his family.

The March On for Brain Injury 5K and Family Fun Walk serves as a statewide celebration in building awareness, visibility and understanding of brain injury across New York State. All proceeds from the event will benefit the organization’s programs and services supporting individuals statewide.

In addition to the 5K course, the event will feature a one-mile family fun walk and activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Attendees will gather at Seneca Park.  Registration will begin at 8 a.m. followed by a 9 a.m. kick-off for the 5K run and a 10 a.m. start time for the walk.

Since its inception, nearly $185,000 has been raised through the March On for Brain Injury events to support programs and services provided by the organization.  As part of their statewide campaign, BIANYS will also be hosting March On for Brain Injury in Hudson Valley with satellite walks in both New York City and on Long Island.

March on for Brain Injury presented by iHeartMedia and Mix 100.5 with additional support from Companion Care of Rochester. Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Erica Rossin by phone at 518-459-7911 or via email at erossin@bianys.org.

For more information or to register, visit https://rochestermarchon.bianys.org/

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BIANYS ANNOUNCES SCHENECTADY COUNTY TEEN ISABELLA SEMENTILLI AS YOUTH HONOREE FOR MARCH ON FOR BRAIN INJURY EVENT

 

ALBANY, N.Y.: July 6, 2017 –  The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS), announced today that Isabella Sementilli of Schenectady County has been named Youth Honoree for their upcoming Hudson Valley March On for Brain Injury.  The popular event is slated to return to the Walkway over the Hudson on August 26.

“The Brain Injury Association of New York State is pleased to announce Isabella as our 2017 Youth Honoree for the Hudson Valley March On for Brain Injury,” said Eileen Reardon, BIANYS Executive Director “Isabella is a leader as a youth advocate, raising awareness of both brain injury and bullying. She truly is an inspiration for so many teens who face similar situations.”

In October of 2013, Sementilli an extremely active fifth grader, suffered a serious concussion, fractured tailbone, back and neck injuries after a classmate yanked out her chair as she went to sit down.  Just a few months later, Sementilli suffered a second concussion leaving her with a lasting debilitating headache disorder. She had to stop reading, watching TV and using electronic devices. Tap and tennis were also put on hold indefinitely and replaced by doctor and physical therapy appointments.

“Despite the pain that Isabella faced after her injury, sitting around wasn’t an option for her,” said Isabella’s mother Pola Sementilli.  “Isabella learned to knit and bake and even tweaked a family cookie recipe now selling at our family restaurant, Scotti’s.  Isabella donates to charities and organizations close to her heart.”

Today, Sementilli is an active member of BIANYS most recently participating as a youth leader at the 2017 Advocacy Day and currently serving as a member of the BIANYS Youth Concussion Council. She also actively supports many local and national anti-bullying charities.

Now in its fourth year, the Hudson Valley March On for Brain Injury will feature an inaugural 5K course, a one-mile family fun walk and activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Attendees will gather on the Poughkeepsie side of the Walkway over the Hudson.  Registration will begin at 8 a.m. followed by a 9 a.m. kick-off for the 5K run a 10 a.m. start time for the walk.

Since its inception, nearly $185,000 has been raised through March On for Brain Injury events to support programs and services provided by the organization. As part of their statewide campaign, BIANYS will be also be hosting March on for Brain Injury in Rochester with satellite locations in New York City and on Long Island.

March on for Brain Injury is presented by iHeartMedia and is made possible with the support of longstanding partners Goldblatt & Associates, P.C., and O’Connell & Aronowitz, P.C.  Additional support for the event is provided by: J & G Associates, St. Charles Hospital and NYIT Center for Sports Medicine. Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Erica Rossin by phone at 518-459-7911 or via email at erossin@bianys.org.

For more information or to register, visit hudsonvalleymarchon.bianys.org.

Contact Your Representatives – BIANYS Advocacy Update

Your Congressional Representatives need to hear your voice during this Independence Day break.

Call your Senators and House Member and tell them to protect health care services for all Americans.

Millions of individuals with brain injury rely on Medicaid for routine healthcare, rehabilitation, and long-term services and supports as provided through a Medicaid State Plan, a home and community-based (HCBS) waiver program, or both. The House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), in combination with the Trump Administration’s Proposed Budget, present devastating cuts to this lifeline program, thereby shifting the burden of care to states and families that are already strained.

ACTION ALERT: Call Your Representatives Today!

Talking Points
VOTE NO on the Senate health care bill and VOTE NO to Medicaid per capita caps.

To protect access to care and long-term services and supports, lawmakers must:
•    Reject proposals to transform Medicaid to a per capita cap model
•    Protect incentives to provide home and community-based services over institutional care
•    Preserve essential health benefits, including rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, in Medicaid expansion plans
•    Maintain eligibility for schools as Medicaid providers
•    Fully fund the Medicaid Program

It is imperative that you call now, and then do it again tomorrow, and every day after that while this legislation is still active! The entire Disability Community is depending on you to make these calls and stop this legislation from moving forward.

CYCLIST TO RIDE 3,600 MILES TO RAISE AWARENESS OF BRAIN INJURY

ALBANY, NY: June 29, 2017 – Athletic trainer and passionate brain injury advocate Douglas Sawyer announced today that he will bike 3,600 miles to raise awareness and funds to support the Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS). Sawyer’s ride will commence in Portland, Ore. on July 9 and will conclude nearly four weeks later in Battery Park in New York, N.Y.

“I’ve been wanting to do something like this for years, but finally got the courage to go through with it,” said Sawyer.  “I have such a strong connection with the cause as I know several people that have suffered a traumatic brain injury and have not fully recovered.  It is hard seeing people go through the experience alone. My hope is that this ride will help raise awareness of brain injury and provide much needed financial support for BIANYS.”

Sawyer has been an athletic trainer for more than 20 years and has worked with countless athletes that have sustained concussions. He also serves as the newsletter chair and editor for the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association, a partner organization to the Brain Injury Association of New York State.

“We are extremely grateful for Douglas’s commitment and dedication to raise awareness of brain injury,” said BIANYS Executive Director Eileen Reardon. “In addition to his athletic ability and his service to the brain injury community, Douglas’s passion and devotion to ride across the country to raise funds for our organization means so much to us.  We wish Douglas and his cycling partner Douglas Forsyth a successful trip and look forward to celebrating with him when he returns to New York.”

An estimated 5.2 million Americans currently live with disabilities resulting from brain injury. Every year, falls, assaults, strokes and other incidents result in brain injury for tens of thousands of New Yorkers.

For more information or to donate to BIANYS, visit www.bianys.org.  For live updates of Douglas Sawyer’s cross-country ride, like BIANYS on Facebook and follow BIANYS on Twitter and Instagram @BIAofNYS.