Help Amy advocate TBI awareness

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Raised by 56 people in 29 months

If you are not familiar with my story, I took a fall on ice in February 2014, landing full-force on the back of my skull. I suffered a mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and in an instant my world changed. I began contributing to the Huffington Post a year later, writing about TBI to shed light on a topic that is often misunderstood and down-played, yet affects someone in the United States every 13 seconds.

In addition to local awareness, in March I headed to Washington DC for Brain Injury Awareness Day at the Capitol, and spoke at local support groups and TBI rehab facilities in the area. As I am sure you are aware, these groups have no budget for speakers, and most attendees don't have money to purchase a copy of my book.
(pictured with MN Senator Al Franken during Brain Injury Awareness Day at the Capitol last year).

I am starting to plan my next Advocacy trip to California, Arizone, and New Mexico during June/July where I will speaking to support groups, and student bodies.

This is where you come in! I am asking for your help in sponsoring my trip and in spreading awareness of this often-invisible injury. Every amount helps, and will be greatly appreciated! Money raised will help with travel costs, as well as allow me to donate books and TBI awareness bracelets to attendees of these groups, who may not otherwise be able to afford them.

(pictured in DC last year with fellow survivors Stephanie Freeman & Paul Bosworth)

Some of the places I will be speaking/appearing in the Minneapolis area include
* Numerous Rotary Groups
* Minneapolis Women’s Club
* Mississippi Market
* Courage Kenny Rehab Center
* VA hospital
* North Star Therapy Animals Group
* WCCO radio
* 950 AM radio

I am also seeking corporate sponsors, if you are interested in learning more about becoming a sponsor please visit:
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Thank you to everyone who helped support my TBI advocacy efforts in Washington DC!! I am now gearing up to hit the road once again.... this time I am headed West!

I will be visiting groups in the Los Angeles area, Phoenix area, and Albuquerque area for a few weeks in June & July. I will be speaking to a few support groups, and hope to get in front of some students at UCLA as well!

Thanks to some amazing generosity, I have a lot of my lodging covered by staying with some awesome people! However, I still have about 10 nights on the road, as well as gas and food to cover. If I can raise about $3000 before June 1st, this will cover most of my expenses!

Every little bit helps offset costs, and is greatly appreciated!! Cheers to TBI Awareness!!
Speaking at Argosy University in DC
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Hello everyone!
Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement! Now that I have had a moment to recover from my amazing trip to Washington DC, I am gearing up for my next Advocacy trip!

In June/July I will be headed to Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Albuquerque to speak to a number of support groups and student bodies.

I will update the groups and dates as they become available!
Book reading to a group in Saint Paul
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Here is a video recap of my amazing advocacy trip to Washington DC..... thank you to each and every one of you who helped make this trip a HUGE success!!
Thank you to all of my supporters!!
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I just returned home after an amazing two week trip to Washington DC! It was a HUGE success! I am exhausted and will sleep for two days, but it was totally worth it!

I spoke to 6 TBI support groups, the Psychology Dept. at Argosy University, and did a book reading at the ADAPT clubhouse. I also attended the Brain Injury Services banquet, a movie screening about PBA, and attended Brain Injury Awareness Day at the Capitol that was put on by the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force and the Brain Injury Association of America.

I was touched by many, and know that I also touched other's lives. It has been such a rewarding trip and I want to thank each and every one of you that helped support my trip financially and emotionally!!
Speaking at the INOVA Fairfax Hospital
With fellow BIAA Council members
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Mary Belyea
25 months ago

Hi Amy When and where will you be s

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Raised by 56 people in 29 months
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17 months ago
Paul Elam
25 months ago

Thanks so much for furthering the awareness and understanding of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Sherrie Fernandez-Williams
26 months ago

Keep doing your awesome work, Amy!!!

Christine Takayama
27 months ago

Thanks for representing all those TBIs!

27 months ago
Mark and Beth FitzGerald
27 months ago

Safe travels. Go Amy!

28 months ago
Annie Modica
28 months ago

Thank you Amy for unselfishly spreading awareness for our cause :*

Mary Belyea
25 months ago

Hi Amy When and where will you be s

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