BIAC hosts annual ‘Walk for Thought’

By Judy Henderson - ReminderNews
East Hartford/Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 27, 2011
BIAC Board Member Mike Jennings, a brain injury survivor unable to walk for a very long time, made this year’s tour of Rentschler Field on his feet. Photos by Judy Henderson.
BIAC Board Member Mike Jennings, a brain injury survivor unable to walk for a very long time, made this year’s tour of Rentschler Field on his feet. Photos by Judy Henderson.

The Brain Injury Association of Connecticut, based in Windsor, held its seventh annual Walk for Thought at Rentschler Field in East Hartford on Oct. 23, and according to Christine Buhler, BIAC’s director of marketing, “The response was tremendous.”

Among the hundreds of participants were four new college teams representing the University of Connecticut, the University of Hartford, Southern Connecticut State University, and Trinity College, while volunteers from UHA’s Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, on hand as ever, were joined by volunteers from Conard High School to help in many ways - including some animated traffic direction.

A variety of exhibitors provided valuable resource information to brain injury survivors and their families. Face painting, free chair massages, raffle prizes, and a visit from Pucky – the mascot of the Connecticut Whale hockey team – prompted smiles aplenty. And both year-long on-air support as well as on-site music from the River 105.9 went a long way toward making this year’s walk the most successful yet.

The day raised more than $55,000, and according to Julie Peters, BIAC’s executive director, every dollar raised is as important to the residents of Connecticut as it is to BIAC, which is based in Windsor.

“Brain injury remains the leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults, and the only real cure continues to be prevention,” Peters said. “As a result, BIAC’s programs and services are critical to decreasing the number of brain injuries, reducing the severity of those that do occur, and ensuring that those struggling with the ongoing disability that so often accompanies this devastating injury receive the assistance they need.”

“People don’t think about brain injury until it happens to them or a family member,” said Peters. “When it does, survivors and their loved ones soon discover that BIAC is the only statewide organization dedicated exclusively to providing the individual consultation, resources and support required for optimal recovery.”

Made possible by presenting sponsors United Steel of East Hartford and the Stamford law firm Silver Golub & Teitell, LLP, as well as a host of contributing sponsors, the 2011 Walk for Thought participants even included some “virtual” walkers, unable to be there in person.


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