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The Numbers Tell The Story:

An estimated 1.7 million traumatic brain injury deaths,

emergency department visits, and hospitalizations occur annually in the United States. When you add in the number of acquired and undiagnosed injuries, the numbers increase substantially. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) further estimates the financial tally of direct medical costs, combined with indirect costs such as lost productivity, add up to almost $60 billion. But the real story, the one embedded in the lives of brain injury survivors, their families, friends, and caregivers, goes far beyond the numbers and statistics. The personal impact of brain injury can be devastating. It can create despair for individuals, upheaval in families, and a need for long-term or even life-long assistance to carry out the most basic activities of daily living. It is at this juncture of complex medical condition, serious public health problem and human need that the work of the Brain Injury Association of California (BIACAL) begins and continues.

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Brain Injury Association of California What We Do;

The Brain Injury Association of California (BIACAL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

organization serving the state of California, and chartered state affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). Our mission is to be the Voice of Brain Injury. Through advocacy, education and research, we bring help, hope and healing to thousands of individuals living with brain injury, their families and the professionals who serve them. Below is a summary of what we do: • • • • •

Participate in the National Brain Injury Information Center network and respond to calls and emails from individuals requesting information and resources. Maintain our website that provides information about brain injury, resources, legislative activities, research studies, news, support groups, and events. Our website averages between 2,000 – 4,000 hits per month. Distribute quarterly newsletters via email blasts. Host two educational conferences per year; one of which is specifically for persons with brain injury, caregivers, family and professionals, and the other conference is specifically designed for medical and legal professionals. Legislative advocacy – We continue to work closely with our legislative consultant and California legislators who support our vision to introduce the Brain Injury Access to Treatment Act. In addition, we provide letters of support testimony to further advance both California and national legislation.

In all these endeavors, BIACAL receives no federal, state or other municipal funding. The organization relies solely on donations, membership dues, sponsorships, and proceeds from fund raising activities to carry out our extensive programs and services.


6th Annual Walk For Brain Injury A New Name & New Logo

When we first started the Walks

across the state in 2008, it was the vision of our Board Chairman, Dr. Mark Ashley, to invite other nonprofit organizations to join us as Host Organizations. Together we have achieved our goal to increase the number of walks across the state from 3 to 13, and promote awareness of brain injury, increase participation, and raise funds for BIACAL and the Host Organizations so that all may continue to serve persons with brain injury throughout the state. 2013 marks the first year with our new name and new logo. We are very excited about this change as we have increased our branding with the Brain Injury Association of America. The new name and logo will become nationally recognized as other state affiliates will be using this logo and helping to raise awareness of brain injury. (You will notice that throughout this brochure, photos from past walks are used with the old Walk For Thought logo). We begin the Walks in March, Brain Injury Awareness Month, and due to the increase in walk sites, the walks will be held from March 2 to May 5, 2013. You will also notice that we are trying something new in Bakersfield this year. We will host a Walk, Run, & Ride that includes a total of 4 events (Walk, 5K Run, Bike Ride and Motor-

cycle Ride), all on the same day and same venue with the intent to reach out to other demographics and increase the overall awareness of brain injury. These events are a pilot program that we hope to roll out across the state in future years. Walk For Brain Injury is BIACAL’s largest awareness and fundraising campaign and we encourage all registrants to actively raise funds to help support the ongoing efforts of BIACAL and the nonprofit host organizations so they may continue to provide programs and services in their respective communities. Please join us at a walk site near you. Register online today and create your individual and/or team fundraising page. You can make a difference by encouraging others to do the same. Register Early – all fees will be increased by $5 effective two weeks prior to the walk date. Walk-up registrations are welcome at the increased fee. (T-shirts cannot be guaranteed if registered less than two weeks prior to the walk). Watch the website for updates for each of the walk sites. The walks will be held rain or shine so come prepared in the event of rain. In the event of torrential rain or other severe weather, check the Walk For Brain Injury registration website for the latest information and updates.


Here’s How to Participate Register For the Walk For Brain Injury, go online at www.biacal. org and click on the Walk For Brain Injury graphic to get started. For those who prefer to utilize the registration form in this brochure, please complete, sign, and mail back to the BIACAL office at: 1800 30th St., Suite 250 Bakersfield, CA 93301 Form A Walk Team Family and Corporate walk teams drive the success of the Walk For Brain Injury. A Walk Team can include family members, co-workers, students, community organizations, or anyone who wants to join the effort to raise funds to support the Brain Injury Association of California and the local nonprofit organizations. Raise Funds After you register for the Walk, you can either set up your own fund-raising page from the website to solicit donations via e-mail, or you can download fundraising materials from the website that will help you to raise money as a team participant or individual walker. Let the Walk Begin! Join the excitement as you participate in California’s 6th Annual Statewide Walk For Brain Injury . For more information, please contact the individual site coordinators or the BIACAL office at (661) 872-4903.


Saturday March 2, 2013 Where: Registration Start Time: Walk Start Time: End Time: Dogs Allowed?: Walk Distance: Other Information: Site Coordinator:

Fresno Woodward Park-Mountain View Shelter 7775 N. Friant Rd., Fresno, CA 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 2:00 PM Service dogs only 2.2 miles (3.5K) Music, Food, Raffle. Exhibitors will provide information and local resources Ursula Pesta (66) 872-4903 upesta@biacal.org

Host Organization: Brain Injury Association of California The Brain Injury Association of California provides information & resources, educational conferences, prevention & awareness, and legislative advocacy.


isco c n a r F n a S Where: Registration Start Time: Walk Start Time: End Time: Dogs Allowed?: Walk Distance: Other Information: Site Coordinator:

Sunday March 3, 2013

Janet Pomeroy Center 207 Skyline Blvd., San Francisco, CA 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 2:00 PM Service dogs only 1-3 miles Food, Music, Raffle. Exhibitors will provide information and local resources Ursula Pesta (66) 872-4903 upesta@biacal.org

Host Organization: Brain Injury Association of California The Brain Injury Association of California provides information & resources, educational conferences, prevention & awareness, and legislative advocacy.


Walk, Run & Ride Saturday March 9, 2013 Where: Dogs Allowed?: Site Coordinator:

Bakersfield Pioneer Village 3801 Chester Ave., Bakersfield, CA Service dogs only Ursula Pesta (66) 872-4903 • upesta@biacal.org

Walk Registration Start Time: Walk Start Time: End Time: Walk Distance: Other Information:

10:00 AM 11:30 AM 3:00 PM 1 mile Health Fair, Food, Music, Entertainment and Raffle

Host Organization: Brain Injury Association of California The Brain Injury Association of California provides information & resources, educational conferences, prevention & awareness, and legislative advocacy.

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Bakersfield (continued) Run Registration Start Time: Run Start Time: End Time: Run Distance: Other Information:

9:00 AM 10:00 AM Return to Pioneer Village by 11am 5K

Runners will register at north end of parking lot and run west along bike path and return to Pioneer Village to participate in the walk alongside survivors, and enjoy the food, music, entertainment, raffle and health fair. This run will not be timed and is meant to be a casual run for individuals that wish to support the awareness and fundraising efforts.

Bike Ride Registration Start Time: Bike Ride Start Time: End Time: Ride Distance: Other Information:

9:00 AM 9:45 AM Return to Pioneer Village by 11:00 am TBD (check website for updates)

Cyclists will register at north end of parking lot and ride east along bike path and return to Pioneer Village to participate in the walk alongside survivors, and enjoy the health fair, food, music, entertainment and raffle. This bike ride will not be timed and is meant to be a casual ride for individuals that wish to support the awareness and fundraising efforts.

Motorcycle Ride Registration Start Time: Motorcyle Ride Start Time: End Time: Ride Distance: Other Information:

8:30 AM 9:15 AM Return to Pioneer Village by 11:00 am TBD (check website for updates)

Motorcycle riders will register inside Pioneer Village and enter from the parking lot gate and follow the signs to the registration table. Following the ride, return to Pioneer Village and park inside the gate to showcase your motorcycles and participate in the walk alongside survivors and enjoy the health fair, music, entertainment and raffle.


Saturday March 16, 2013 Where: Registration Start Time: Walk Start Time: End Time: Dogs Allowed?: Walk Distance: Other Information: Site Coordinators:

Yuba City Yuba City High School 850 B Street, Yuba City, CA 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Service Dogs ONLY Track is 1/4 mile long. Walkers can determine their own distance Music, Food, Raffle. Exhibitors will provide information and local resources Ursula Pesta (66) 872-4903 upesta@biacal.org Dianna Simuns (530) 763-5526

Host Organization: Brain Injury Association of California The Brain Injury Association of California provides information & resources, educational conferences, prevention & awareness, and legislative advocacy. A percentage of the proceeds will be directed to educational and awareness programs for the local area.


San Diego Where: Registration Start Time: Walk Start Time: End Time: Dogs Allowed?: Walk Distance: Other Information: Site Coordinator:

Saturday March 23, 2013

De Anza Cove, Mission Bay Park 2727 Mission Bay Dr., San Diego, CA 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 1:00 PM Service dogs only 3 miles Food, Music, Raffle. Exhibitors will provide information and local resources Ursula Pesta (66) 872-4903 upesta@biacal.org

Host Organization: Brain Injury Association of California The Brain Injury Association of California provides information & resources, educational conferences, prevention & awareness, and legislative advocacy.


Sunday March 24, 2013

Sacramento

Where: State Capitol - West Steps 10th Avenue & Capitol Mall Sacramento, CA Registration Start Time: 9:00 AM Walk Start Time: 10:30 AM End Time: 1:00 PM Dogs Allowed?: Yes—must be on leash at all times Walk Distance: 1-3 miles Other Information: Music, raffle, silent auction, legislative and celebrity speakers. Exhibitors will provide information and local resources Site Coordinators: Tiffany Malone - (916) 567-1244 Tiffany.malone@rescare.com Lynda Eaton - (916) 521-7264 Lynda.eaton@dignityhealth.org Host Organization: Sacramento Valley Concussion Care Consortium The Sacramento Valley Concussion Care Consortium (SVCCC) is comprised of health care providers from the four major medical systems in the Greater Sacramento Valley: Kaiser Permanente, UC Davis Health System, Mercy/Dignity Health, and Sutter Health. SVCCC aims to provide a safer athletic experience for youth athletes through concussion education, baseline neurocognitive testing, and access to qualified health care providers experienced with concussion injuries.


ra a b r a B a t n Sa Where: Registration Start Time: Walk Start Time: End Time: Walk Distance: Other Information: Site Coordinator:

Saturday April 6, 2013

Leadbetter Beach 801 Shoreline Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 1:00 PM 1 mile walk or 5K run Local food trucks, music, activities for kids. Exhibitors will provide information and local resources. Hannah Jacobs (805) 563-2882 ext. 4 Hannah@jodihouse.org

Host Organization: Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center offers a pathway for brain injury survivors to recover and reconnect with their community. Staff and volunteers provide therapeutic activities and link families and survivors to information, resources, and education. Jodi House is located at 625 Chapala Street. For more information call 563-2882 or visit www.jodihouse.org.


Saturday April 13, 2013 Where: Registration Start Time: Walk Start Time: End Time: Dogs Allowed?: Walk Distance: Other Information: Site Coordinator:

Rancho Cuc

amonga

Red Hill Community Park 7484 Vineyard Ave. Rancho Cucamonga, CA 9:15 AM 10:00 AM 1:00 PM Yes—must be on leash at all times 3-5 miles. Walkers can determine their own distance Music, Food, Raffle, Guest Speakers. Exhibitors will provide information and local resources Jayne Mendez • (909) 275-8662 (909) 803-8341 - home

Host Organization: Miracle for Jade Fight for Life Foundation The Jade Foundation’s goal is to provide growth, prosperity, and success though education, awareness, activities, and fund raising for children with disabilities.


Torrance Where: Registration Start Time: Walk Start Time: End Time: Dogs Allowed?: Walk Distance: Other Information: Site Coordinator:

Sunday April 14, 2013 Columbia Park 4045 190th Street, Torrance, CA 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Service dogs only 1 mile Food, Music, Raffle. Exhibitors will provide information and local resources Catherine Paour (310) 783-2146 thetrevorendeavor@live.com

Host Organization: Brain Injury Association of California A portion of the proceeds will be directed towards providing educational and prevention awareness materials to further the efforts of The Trevor Endeavor, a local group that raises awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome, a devastating form of child abuse that causes traumatic brain injury in babies.


Friday April 19, 2013

Downey

Where:

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center 7601 E. Imperial Hwy., Downey, CA

Registration Start Time: Walk Start Time: End Time: Dogs Allowed?: Walk Distance: Other Information: Site Coordinator:

9:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:00 PM Animal Assisted Therapy and Guide Dogs Allowed 1 mile Music, Food, Vendors and a Brain Injury Patient Fashion Show Amy Salinas • (562) 401-6275 or (562) 401-6271 amysalinas@dhs.lacounty.gov

Host Organization: Rancho Los Amigos Foundation (for the Brain Injury Service) The Rancho Los Amigos Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization that raises funds to support research, education, equipment, and patient care for patients who have suffered catastrophic disabling illnesses and injuries. Proceeds from this walk will be directed towards the Brain Injury Service.


San Jose

Saturday April 20, 2013

Where: Almaden Lake Park, Arroyo Picnic Area Registration Start Time: 12:00 PM Walk Start Time: 1:30 PM End Time: 4:00 PM Dogs Allowed?: Service dogs only Walk Distance: 1 mile Other Information: Food, Music, Games and Prizes Exhibitors will provide information and local resources Site Coordinators: Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, Ph.D., CBIST (408) 793-6446 Jerry Wright, MS, CBIST (SCVMC) (408) 793-6430 Liz Best (HIRLN) • (408) 794-1065 Christine Camara (SBI) • (408) 434-2277 Host Organizations : The Rehabilitation Research Center (RRC) at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) conducts research to better understand and improve outcomes after TBI. City of San Jose Head Injury Recreation and Leisure Network (HIRLN) is a social group for people who have had head injuries or strokes. Services for Brain Injury (SBI) provides education, advocacy and support to enable survivors to regain skills to maximize independence and return to work.


Sunday April 28, 2013

Fullerton

Where: Ted Craig Regional Park 3300 State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA Registration Start Time: 10:00 AM Walk Start Time: 11:00 AM End Time: 3:00 PM Dogs Allowed?: Yes—must be on leash at all times Walk Distance: 1 mile Other Information: Music, Food, Raffle, Exhibitors Site Coordinator: Lauren Forsyth (707) 349-5199 forsyth.jl@gmail.com Host Organization: California Athletic Trainers’ Association The California Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA) strives to improve the quality of health care for athletes, patients and clients and enhance the profession of Athletic Training, through leadership, education, and cooperative efforts with other organizations and allied health professions.


Oxnard Where: Registration Start Time: Walk Start Time: End Time: Dogs Allowed?: Walk Distance: Other Information: Site Coordinators:

Sunday May 5, 2013

Oxnard High School 3400 W. Gonzales Rd., Oxnard, CA 1:00 PM 1:30 PM 3:00 PM Service dogs only 1 – 3 miles (walkers determine their own distance) Food, Music, Raffle and Exhibitors Joan • (805) 482-1312 Glee • (805) 984-9877

Host Organization: Brain Injury Center of Ventura County The Brain Injury Center of Ventura County (BIC) is dedicated to helping brain injury survivors and their loved ones living in Ventura County. BIC offers support groups, workshops, referral support, education, advocacy and outreach.


Walk For Brain Injury 2013

Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities $10,000 ELITE SPONSOR

$1,000 SILVER SPONSOR

Full page advertisement in BIACAL’s quarterly newsletter (4 issues). Artwork must be provided by sponsor Logo on the WFBI registration website with a link to your organization’s website Logo with link to organization’s website featured on each email blast BIACAL issues for the 2013 Walks Logo prominently featured on WFBI t-shirts and banners for each walk site Unlimited participant registration for one or more designated walk sites (must sign and complete the attached form) Exhibit table at one or more of the designated walk sites Corporate Membership with BIACAL

Logo on the WFBI registration website Logo on the WFBI t-shirt and banner Exhibit table at the WFBI site Registration for 10 designated individuals to participate in the WFBI

$3,000 PLATINUM SPONSOR ½ page advertisement in BIACAL’s quarterly newsletter (4 issues). Artwork must be provided by sponsor Logo on the WFBI registration website with a link to your organization’s website Logo on the WFBI t-shirt and banner Exhibit table at WFBI site Registration for 20 designated individuals to participate in the WFBI (must sign and complete the attached form)

$1,500 GOLD SPONSOR ¼ page advertisement in BIACAL’s quarterly newsletter (4 issues). Artwork must be provided by sponsor. Logo on the WFBI registration website Logo on the WFBI t-shirt and banner Exhibit table at the WFBI site Registration for 15 designated individuals to participate in the WFBI (must sign and complete the attached form)

$500 BRONZE SPONSOR Name recognition on the WFBI registration website Name recognition WFBI t-shirt and banner Exhibit table at the WFBI site Registration for 5 designated individuals to participate in the WFBI

EXHIBIT Prices vary by site. Please refer to the Walk Site online for info

Name recognition on the WFBI t-shirt and banner Exhibit table at the WFBI site Registration for 1 designated individual to participate in the WFBI

IN-KIND SPONSOR / RAFFLE Name recognition on the WFBI banner In-Kind sponsors and raffle item donors will receive equal benefits per the above based on the value of the donation.


Registration - Register online at www.biacal.org or fill out and return the

registration sheet below to BIACAL: 1800 30th Street, Suite 250 • Bakersfield, CA 93301 Title (Circle one) Mr. Mrs. Miss Ms. Dr. Name____________________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________________ City__________________________________________State____Zip_________ Phone No.(s) ______________________________________________________ Email__________________________________Walk City___________________ REGISTRATION FEE Adults -$25 (Includes T-Shirt) Person with a brain injury-$15 (Includes T-Shirt and One-Year BIACAL Membership) Students Ages 5-16 - $15 (Includes T-Shirt) Infants to 4 yrs. - FREE (T-Shirt not included)

*Register today ­­– All fees will be increased by $5, effective two weeks prior to the walk date. Walk-up registrations are welcome at the increased fee. (T-shirts cannot be guaranteed if registered less than two weeks prior to the walk.) Each walker must complete a separate registration form and sign the waiver below. *Attention Bakersfield Participants – if you wish to register for the 5K Run, Bike Ride or Motorcycle Ride, please register online or utilize the registration form available on the Bakersfield page of the registration site at www.biacal.org

Please indicate: I am walking as an individual I am walking on a team Team name_________________________________________________________ I am the team captain Walk T-shirt size (please circle) Adult: SM M L XL XXL Child: S M L I am walking: In honor of_______________________________________________________ In memory of _____________________________________________________ In support of BIACAL_______________________________________________ I am unable to walk, but please accept my tax-deductible donation for $__________ Check enclosed $_________________ Charge my Visa or MasterCard __________________________________________ __________ __________ Credit Card Number Exp Date Sec. Code Signature__________________________________________________________ Waiver: I hereby waive all claims against the BIACAL walk site hosts and sponsors, or personnel, and volunteers for any injury that I may suffer from my participation in this event. I grant full permission for organizers to use photographs, videotapes, recordings, or any other record of this event in which I may appear for any legitimate reason.

_________________________________________________________________ Signature (Parent / Legal Guardian if participant is under 18)


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