Head's Up!

For: Concussion Awareness
Organizer: Grace Meno
of $1,000 goal.
Raised by 18 donors
93% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for checking out my page!

On September 11th, 2012 I suffered a severe concussion/traumatic brain injury playing volleyball for Arlington High School. I tripped while running to set the ball and my head and hip broke my fall. I was taken to Cascade Valley hospital first before being transferred to Seattle Children's. After 3 days I was released to go home but returned to Haborveiw ER the following night because of a seizure. I had to relearn how to walk, talk, eat, take a shower, and other things you would normally take for granted. I walked with a cane until I was able to use Abby (my medical alert service dog) and between her and PT I got my balance back. I started back to school full time in September of 2013 and the school district has been so great with accommodating my needs. Eighteen months later I am physically back to normal but I am nowhere near back to "normal" cognitively/mentally/emotionally. I still struggle with a chronic headache 24/7, seizures, anxity disorders, PTSD, and migraines. 

You may be wondering "what can a service dog do for a brain injury?" Well Abby has been my life saver. Her main job is to alert me to my seizures and get help for me. She also does many other task such as blocking (creating distance from me and other people), deep pressure therapy (providing deep pressure against my legs during an anxiety attack), helping me cope with emotional overload (provides a distraction), distracting during a PTSD episode, and waking me up during a nightmare or flashback.

In the past 4 months I have been selling Head's Up Concussion Awareness bands to help promote the spread of concussion awareness. 100% of the proceeds go directly to The Brain Injury Association of America. So far I have raised $1,800 and sold over 400 bands. I have bands in more than 10 states around the US and that number is contiunously growing. My goal is to raise a total of $2,500 for the research on concussions and brain injures. At the end of the day my main goal is to bring awareness to our communities about the seriousness of brain injuries. 

After you have donated please email me your address and I will put an awareness bracelet in the mail to you ASAP! Also please include how many you would like. I suggest a $1 donation per bracelet but feel free to give more! I've had donations ranging from $1 to $200!  All donations are tax deductible:  The Brain Injury Association of America Tax ID 04-2716222

I love hearing from people about how they are raising awareness in their communities and especially love pictures of people wearing their bands. See pictures in my gallery from people wearing bands at Seahawk game in Seattle, Super Bowl in New Jersey and at my school.  Please feel free to contact me via email at gracemeno11@hotmail.com!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 18, 2014 by Grace Meno
I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their selflessness generosity in giving. I have raised $1,935! All of the money raised goes straight to the Brain Injury Association of America for research of mysterious and powerful brain injuries. I am entering my 20th month (1 year, 8 months) of recovery and I wish I could say we've found an answer for the pain and side effects. But the truth is we haven't. We are just taking it one day at a time. The goal for this week was to figure out my schedule for school next year and what that will look like. It looks like I will be in two support classes still and 4 core classes. On another note I was accepted into National Honor Society. This is such a huge accomplishment for me personally and could not have done it without the help and support of many of you. Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers. Much love,

Posted on April 4, 2014 by Grace Meno
Hi everyone! A lot has happened in the past couple weeks so I thought I'd update you! Thanks to everyones generous support I was able to send another check off to the Brain Injury Association of America for $750. That brings my total of funds raised to $1,800! Wow! I never dreamed of being able to raise this kind of money. These funds will help in so many ways. For example awarness is being raised in sports teams about when to pull a kid from the game. Also new studies are being done on medicines and procedures that can help with brain injuries. Thank you again for all your support! 

Posted on April 4, 2014 by Grace Meno
To read the lastest newspaper article about my story please visit http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140404/NEWS01/140409808/1172/The-long-road-back 

Posted on March 1, 2014 by Grace Meno
My newspaper article is out! To check it out, please visit http://www.arlingtontimes.com/green_editions/?iid=i20140228105146655! Thank you for your support! 

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