Help Amy Advocate For Brain Injury

$3,660 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 30 people in 5 months
Amy Zellmer  SAINT PAUL, MN

After sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a result of a fall on the ice in February of 2014, Amy has been passionate about raising awareness of this invisible injury that affects 2.5 million Americans each year.

She has been traveling the country speaking to groups of survivors and caregivers to let them know they are not alone in their journey.  She absolutely loves meeting other amazing survivors and hearing their stories 

She also attends Brain Injury Awareness Day at our Nation's Captiol each March (March 22, 2017) to lobby and meet with her senators and congress members -- encouraging them to join the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force.

She does all of this without pay or travel reimbursements, as most of these groups have no budget for speakers. Which is where YOU come in!! Every dollar donated will go directly towards Amy's advocacy efforts -- particularly Washington DC this coming March 22nd.

Amy has published two books on the subject: "Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal" which is a collection of her stories originally published on the Huffington Post. Her second book "Surviving Brain Injury: Stories of Strength and Inspiration" is a collection of stories written by other survivors and caregivers. 

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Update 15
Posted by Amy Zellmer
1 month ago
I have spent the past few days in Southern Georgia staying with a fellow TBI friend. I have gotten some good R&R that my brain needed.

Since I left my house on the 5th I have spent all day, every day either driving or advocating. It feels so good to just lounge on the couch all day and take a few naps.

I was supposed to speak at a rehab center in Florida tomorrow (16th) but they have totally dropped all communication, so I am taking that as a sign that I still need some more R&R before we head to Washington DC.

Tomorrow is also my birthday, so Stephanie and I are going to venture out about 60 miles to find a Starbucks to celebrate (she literally lives 20 miles from ANYthing lol).

This trip has been SO incredibly rewarding, and I haven't even made it to DC yet!! As I approach DC, this is going to be the most expensive part of my trip. Six nights hotel, all meals eating out, metro and taxi fares, etc.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed, shared, and sent me good vibes!!
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Update 14
Posted by Amy Zellmer
1 month ago
Words can not even begin to express how amazing today was. I spent the entire day at the Virginia Brain Injury Conference in Richmond, VA.

I had a table to sell my books, and I gave my presentation after lunch. There were approx. 125 registered plus 25 vendors and speakers. I would bet I spoke to close to 95% of them!!! I gave so many hugs and learned so many stories. I was told that my program had the largest crowd of all the speakers all day -- yea!!

The gal in this photo (so sorry, I can't remember your name!) came up to me after my program and told me she had no idea I was the Amy that created the Tribe -- and that the Tribe literally saved her family after her sister's TBI last year. They came to the Tribe for support and answers. It's stories like these that let me know I am doing all the right things for TBI awareness!!

I met so many incredibly amazing people yesterday and today. I'm sorry I forget your names (ha!) but know that each and every one of you touched me and has a place in my heart!!
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Update 13
Posted by Amy Zellmer
1 month ago
Today I spent the afternoon at the Minnesota State Capitol for the #DisabilityMatters rally. Along with the rally, the MN Brain Injury Alliance had their "Unmasking Brain Injury" project on display.

I was asked by KSTP news if I would talk about my mask and what it means to me -- in a kick-off to Brain Injury Awareness Month (March).

This was the absolutely most perfect way to get me stoked about my advocacy trip -- which I leave THIS WEEKEND for three weeks on the East Coast!!

I am SO excited to speak to support groups, healthcare professionals, and students during my trip, as well as meet with my Senators at the Capitol in DC and attend Brain Injury Awareness Day with my fellow advocated in DC!!

I am SO CLOSE to my goal ... less than $1,000 to go!!!! Please help if you can -- and SHARING IS CARING!
Disability Matters rally at the Capitol
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Update 12
Posted by Amy Zellmer
2 months ago
ONLY $1225 left to go -- LET'S DO THIS!
"Help Amy Advocate For Brain Injury" has reached 65% of its goal.
Thanks to all of the generous contributions! <3
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$3,660 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 30 people in 5 months
Created November 10, 2016
TBI Bracelet
receive one of my green TBI Awareness bracelets
receive a PDF copy of my book "Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal"
Coaching Call
Receive a 30 minute Coaching call with me via Zoom video chat. We can talk about your recovery, your business, or the weather! you have me 1:1 for 30 minutes!
Signed Book
Receive an autographed copy of my book "Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal"
Book Bundle
Receive both my book "Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal" and "Surviving Brain Injury: Stories of Strength and Inspiration"
Coffee with Amy
Enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation with Amy in either the Twin Cities or Washington DC (or any of her upcoming travel cities)
Lunch with Amy
Enjoy lunch and conversation with Amy in either the Twin Cities or Washington DC (or any of her upcoming travel cities)
Podcast Sponsor
Receive sponsorship credit on 10 podcast episodes (iTunes, BlogTalkRadio) as well as mention on the website and newsletters.
Book Party
Receive 20 copies of her book and a book party either via Skype or in the Twin Cities, Washington DC, or any of her upcoming travel cities
Book Sponsor
100 books will be donated to various support groups across the country with your name, logo, or honorarium on the front cover.
Trip Sponsor
Receive sponsorship credit on her podcast and all of her presentation materials while in Washington DC (BIA VA annual Conference, Argosy U, ADAPT, and others)
1 month ago
Jenn Billesberger
1 month ago

Thank you Amy for all the hard work you do for your Tribe ~ blessed to have you.

Debra Dickinson
1 month ago

You are such an inspiration Amy. Thank you for all you do! Strong love and infinite blessings, Debra (& Nonni & Bentley)

ALLAA Tabouni
1 month ago

Thank you for spreading awareness and about this invisible injury.. And for bringing light on our daily struggles after TBI

Tom Keyes
1 month ago
Tracie Henkel
1 month ago

Thank you for the headshot at the AMA event (Mozza Mia).

Carol Austin
2 months ago
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2 months ago
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