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 [email protected].

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

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