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SPRING 2017

HEADLIGHTS Inside This Issue Board President Message

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Board of Directors

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SC BILC Message

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2016 Run For Thought

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Brain Injury Story

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2017 Shuck-A-Rama

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King Henry VIII Article

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2017 Golf Tournament

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Life With Brain Injury Conference 2017

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Mindful: Breathing Article

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Support Group Info

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List of Members

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Award Recipient

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Sponsors & Donors

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Memorials

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Join us for the annual Life With Brain Injury Conference on July 21, 2017! Keynote Speaker: Ms. Cristabelle Braden Location: DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center, Columbia, SC


MESSAGE FROM THE

BIASC BOARD PRESIDENT Greetings! Last month was Brain Injury Awareness month! Increasing public awareness of brain injury and how it affects survivors and their families has always been extremely important to me. For the past 11 years, I have worked as a physical therapist, a therapy supervisor at the outpatient brain injury program at Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, and now as the manager of therapies for Roger C. Peace Inpatient Rehab. and the CARF accredited inpatient brain injury program. On a day to day basis, I see what these survivors and their loved ones go through, and I am committed to helping these folks as they travel the road of recovery and rebuild their lives one step at a time. Since the beginning of my career, I have been encouraged by Dr. Sheldon Herring, former BIASC president, SC BILC chairperson, my former boss and now colleague, to always advocate for the people that you serve.

BIASC

Officers and Staff

Elizabeth Dubose President Sherry Caldwell President-Elect Phil Clarkson Secretary Joyce Davis Executive Director Breanna Spaulding Outreach Coordinator Roger Russ Administrative Assistant

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I have been involved with the BIASC since 2008 as a volunteer with our Run for Thought 5K, and I am honored to now be stepping into the role of President of the Board of Directors. I have seen first hand how the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina fulfills its mission to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy, and I am so proud to serve this organization. I would like to thank Carolann Newton for her time, commitment and service as President for the last two years. I have big shoes to fill, and I am grateful for Carolann’s tireless passion and dedication. We ended 2016 with our annual 5k, the Run for Thought in Greenville, SC, and started 2017 with the Shuck-arama in Charleston, SC. Both of these fundraisers have continued to grow over the years in participants, dollars raised and volunteers, and for that we are so grateful! In 2017, we are focusing on increasing fundraising through corporate sponsorships and donations, increasing our staff so that we can help meet the needs of more survivors and increasing awareness of brain


injury and the needs of survivors and their families across our state. Over the past few years, brain injury has been in the spotlight more than ever and we now have large entities such as the VA and NFL speaking out. It’s our job as the state brain injury association and an affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America to be the leading resource for information and advocacy. This requires that we continue to raise money and promote awareness so that we can serve all of the survivors in our state. If you are reading this, you can help spread the word! Along with speaking up and sharing your story in person, you can also share what are doing through Facebook o r Ins tag ram. L e t’s con t in ue t o brin g more awaren ess t o t h e sil ent ep i d em i c of b r a i n in j u ry!

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BIASC

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Elizabeth DuBose, President Greenville

Nichole Spivey Lexington

Sherry Caldwell, President-Elect Cross Hill

Tony Carlton Belton

Carolann Newton, Past-President Williamston

Larry Lucas Columbia

Phil Clarkson, Secretary Cowpens

Thomas Seastrunk Columbia

Alfreda King, SCVRD Liaison Columbia

Drew Stewart Columbia

Jessica Trego Charleston

2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING DATES BIASC Board of Directors meeting dates are below. Meetings are held on the last Thursday every other month. Meetings are normally held at 121 Executive Center Drive, Columbia, SC, 29210, in the 2nd floor conference room 247. In order to have enough copies of minutes and agendas for the visitors, please call our office ahead of time and let us know you will attend. 803.731.9823. Thank you.

Thursday, April 27

Thursday, Oct. 26

Thursday, June 29

Thursday, Dec. 14 (earlier in the month due to holidays)

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MESSAGE FROM THE

SC BILC CHAIR

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he only event overshadowing the recent US Presidential election was the election of SC Brain Injury Leadership Council officers in the December meeting. The reason? For the first time in almost two decades, Dr. Sheldon Herring was NOT on the ballot for chairman of the council. Sadly, the council just was not able to squeeze two more years out of him. Resisting the urge to present a detailed list of specific accomplishments, I want to thank Sheldon for all the seeds he has planted, which will bear fruit for years to come. While serving as our chairman, Sheldon influenced many others to support his efforts to make the world a better place for individuals with TBI and their families. In the state of South Carolina, Sheldon has been the epicenter of TBI service improvements over the past twenty years. Sheldon may be “stepping down,� but, fortunately, he will continue as a member and we will build on his legacy.

Phil Clarkson Secretary: Melissa Ritter, Director of Head And Spinal Cord Injury Division, SC Department Disabilities Special Needs Vice Chairman: Alfreda King, Director Community & Client Relations, SC Vocational Rehabilition Chairman: Phil Clarkson, TBI Family Member

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9TH ANNUAL

RUN FOR THOUGHT

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n November 12, 2016 BIASC hosted its 9th annual Run for Thought. We could not have asked for a better fall day at Conestee Park in Greenville, SC. We had 170 runners and walkers in attendance and raised $30,000! This was an awesome event and a great way to bring awareness about brain injury to the community! We hope to see all of our runners and walkers again this fall. We hope you will invite someone new to join in the day! Stay tuned for more information on #runforthought17 and it’s #10thrunniversary!

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LEADER SPONSORS Bayada Home Health

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BRAIN INJURY STORY

SURVIVING & THRIVING

Back row (left to right): Shaquenta Byars, Occupational Therapy Assistant; Jada Risher, client; Gretchen Jackson, Intern; Janet Spires, Nurse Supervisor; Eric Kovak, client. Middle row: Clients John Fowler, Brittany Brooks, Tony Ramey, Ray Oswald. Front row: Clients Jamilah Robert, Levant Goodman.

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ne by one, the participants of VR’s four-week brain injury comprehensive evaluation hold up a small painting they have just completed and describe what it means to them. The painting is a chance for them to express something about their life with brain injury, what they have learned while at VR, and to reflect on their future. Tony Ramey is a big Clemson fan, as you might guess from looking at his canvas. It is decorated in bold purple and orange 8

lines, with four heart shapes arranged diagonally, almost like paws. “The purple is like a purple heart,” he tells the group. “It’s about bravery and what we have overcome.” Tony has a severe speech impediment, but no one has trouble understanding him. “The orange is the eye of the tiger. You have to have strength and determination.” “That’s not what any of us expected him to say,” says Janet Spires, Nurse Supervisor.


“At first I couldn’t talk or walk. Now I can... I survived and thrived.” The art project is the final group activity for these clients. Together, they came up with a word which is sketched across the canvas boards. When the paintings are properly arranged, the word will be visible. Eric Kovak holds up a beautiful drawing of a boat pulled up on a sandy shore. A former professional bass fisherman, Eric was hurt in a boating accident. He talks about the journey he’s been on since that time and how he’s moving forward. “This is the calm after the storm.” John Fowler, an artist who carries a sketchbook with him filled with detailed drawings and watercolors of plants, insects and animals, surprises the staff by creating a very abstract painting. The solid green background represents his life as a manager who was on track for a regional promotion. “After my brain injury, this is what my life feels like,” he says, pointing to blobs of many different colors of paint splattered over the green. “It’s abstract and chaotic.” Then he points to three blue lines. “This is the help you’ve given me and my hope to get back to where I was.” ”Three years ago, my accident happened on a Friday and the doctors gave me a small chance of surviving,” Jamilah Robert says, showing the group her painting. “At first I couldn’t talk or walk. Now I can.” On the

canvas, with help from the staff, she has written “I survived and thrived.” For each person, the colors and shapes have meaning, both big and small. After they have shared their stories, Spires arranges the canvas panels in order. The word chosen by the group, which is now visible, is courage. “When they leave here, they have hope,” says Spires. “They learn a lot about themselves, they learn about their brain injury, and they learn what they are capable of. Many times a person who comes here has been told, over and over, what they can’t do. We focus on their abilities and learn what they can do.” Over four weeks at the Evaluation Center, the clients meet and interact with others who have similar challenges. Most of the staff who work one-on-one with them are certified brain injury specialists. “We educate the clients about brain injury and help them understand, based on their specific issues, why they may feel and behave differently than before the injury,” says Spires. A brain injury may cause temporary or permanent impairment of cognitive, emotional, metabolic, motor, and/or 9


sensory functions. VR serves individuals with an acquired brain injury (ABI) or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). An ABI is an injury that occurs after birth, but is not due to congenital or degenerative issues. Causes of ABI include hypoxia, illness, infection, stroke, trauma and tumor. TBI occurs when an external force injures the brain, such as from a fall or a concussion. A TBI is also an acquired brain injury. “This is one of the passions in my life,” says Spires. “This is something that we all

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love to do. Our mission is to help people become employed, and I want our clients to know that they can work and I want employers to know that as well.” --VR’s four-week brain injury comprehensive evaluation was developed in cooperation with the Head and Spinal Cord Injury (HASCI) Division of the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital in Greenville and the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina, which continue to contribute to the program.


Overcoming Brain Injury When life-changing brain injuries occur, the experienced and caring team at Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital (RCP) of Greenville Health System can help patients achieve the highest level of independence possible. Through RCP’s accredited inpatient and outpatient brain injury programs, highly trained therapists, nurses and neuropsychologists work closely with survivors of brain injury to advance them within the continuum of care. Our outpatient program, the only one of its kind in the state, specializes in community and work re-entry, with a “real-world” workshop that allows patients to be trained in a supportive environment, perform work trials and implement therapy strategies. Learn more about RCP’s brain injury programs at ghs.org/rcp.

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6TH ANNUAL

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IASC hosted the 6th Annual Shuck-A-Rama on February 11, 2017, at The Barrel of Charleston. This was, by far, the best year this event has seen. We had 230 “shuckers� in attendance. This was 40 more than last year! There were 25 bushels of fresh oysters eaten that night. We also had a great selection of other foods provided by Harvest Catering. The pimento grill cheese sandwiches, boiled peanuts, and chili were all delicious. With the help of everyone who played a role in this event, we netted $12,945 this year!! That is almost $6,000 more than last year. The silent auction raised $2,300 on its own! Thanks to everyone who attended, sponsored, and donated for being a part of such a great year for us! We look forward to next year and hope to see you there!!!

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Thank You To Our SAR Sponsors! BUSHEL SPONSORS

SHUCKED SPONSORS Joye Law Firm

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Palmetto Health

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Detail of portrait of Henry VIII by the workshop of Hans Holbein the Younger. (Google Art Project)

Did Henry VIII suffer same brain injury as some NFL players? By Bill Hathaway

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enry VIII may have suffered repeated traumatic brain injuries similar to those experienced by football players and others who receive repeated blows to the head, according to research by a Yale University expert in cognitive neurology. Traumatic brain injury explains the memory problems, explosive anger, inability to control impulses, headaches, insomnia — and maybe even impotence — that afflicted Henry during the decade before his death in 1547, according to a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience on Feb. 5. “It is intriguing to think that modern European history may have changed 14

February 2, 2016 forever because of a blow to the head,” said Arash Salardini, behavioral neurologist, co-director of the Yale Memory Clinic and senior author of the study. The English monarch is best known for his dispute with the Catholic Church over his desire to annul his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn. The affair led to the English Reformation and the creation of the Church of England. Henry would marry six times — and execute two of his wives. Research assistants Muhammad Qaiser Ikram and Fazle Hakim Saijad analyzed volumes of Henry’s letters and other


historical sources to document his known medical history and events that may have contributed to his ailments. Their findings confirm conjecture by some historians that jousting injuries caused later health and behavioral problems. Henry suffered two major head injuries during his 30s. In 1524, a lance penetrated the visor of his helmet during a jousting tournament and dazed him. A year later, he was knocked out when he fell head-first into a brook he was trying to vault across with a pole. However, said the researchers, the English monarch’s increasingly unpredictable behavior may have been triggered by an accident during a jousting match in January of 1536 when a horse fell on Henry, causing him to lose consciousness for two hours. “Historians agree his behavior changed after 1536,’’ said Salardini, noting that descriptions of Henry during his youth portrayed an intelligent and even-tempered young man who made wise military and policy decisions. His behavior in the later years of his life became notoriously erratic: He was forgetful and prone to rages and

impulsive decisions. In 1546, for instance, he was assuring his sixth wife Catherine Parr, that he would not send her to the Tower of London when soldiers arrived to arrest her. He launched into a tirade against the soldiers, having forgotten that he had given that order the day before. Other occasional side effects of traumatic brain injury are growth hormone deficiency and hypogonadism, which may lead to metabolic syndrome and impotence, respectively. Despite the womanizing reputation of his youth, Henry had difficulty completing sexual intercourse as far back as his marriage to his second wife, Ann Boleyn, in 1533, some evidence suggests. Other ailments attributed to Henry — such as syphilis, diabetes, or Cushing Syndrome, a condition marked by weight gain and obesity — seem less likely in light of the available evidence, said the study’s authors, noting that traumatic brain injury best explains most of his behavioral abnormalities.

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Your Breath is Your Brain’s Remote Control A new study has found evidence to show that there is actually a direct link between nasal breathing and our cognitive functions.

February 16, 2017

By Crystal Goh

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hile this may seem a lengthy tip to recall in the midst of uh-oh moments, the power of active breathing—voluntarily inhaling and exhaling to control our breathing rhythm—has been known and used throughout history. Even today, in tactical situations by soldiers, or in extreme cold conditions by the Ice Man, we know that slow, deep breathing can calm the nervous system by reducing our heart rate and activating the parasympathetic (calming) nervous system. In this way, our bodies become calm, and our minds also quieten. Recently, however, a new study has found evidence to show that there is actually a direct link between nasal breathing and our cognitive functions. We have all heard this simple saying during times of trouble: “Take a deep breath in.” Science being science, however, indicates that we may now have to update this old adage to read “Take a deep breath in it will help you be more emotionally aware but only if you inhale specifically through your nostrils and not your mouth—good luck.” How Nasal the Brain

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interested in understanding how breathing affects the brain regions responsible for memory and emotional processing. Through a series of experiments, they discovered that nasal breathing plays a pivotal role in coordinating electrical brain signals in the olfactory “smell” cortex—the brain regions that directly receive input from our nose—which then coordinates the amygdala (which processes emotions) and the hippocampus (responsible for both memory and emotions). We know that the “smell” system is closely linked to the limbic brain regions that affect emotion, memory and behaviour, which is why sometimes a particular smell or fragrance can evoke very strong emotional memories. This study shows, additionally, that the act of breathing itself, even in the absence of smells, can influence our emotions and memory. Initially, the scientists examined the electrical brain signals of 7 epilepsy patients with electrodes in their brains, and found that the ongoing rhythms of natural, spontaneous breathing are in sync with slow electrical rhythms in our brain’s “smell” region. Then, they also found that during nasal inhalation, the fast electrical rhythms in the amygdala and hippocampus became stronger.


“ Take a deep breath in it will help you be more emotionally aware but only if you inhale specifically through your nostrils and not your mouth—good luck.” One way to understand this is to think of the system as an orchestra: our nasal breathing is the grand conductor, setting the tempo for the slow playing of the smell regions of the brain while weaving in the faster rhythms of the emotion and memory regions. The In-Breath Encodes Memories and Regulates Emotions To further understand these synchronous effects that nasal breathing has on our brain regions, the scientists then conducted separate experiments on 60 healthy subjects to test the effects of nasal breathing on memory and emotional behavior. Subjects were presented with fearful or surprised faces, and had to make rapid decisions on the emotional expressions of the faces they saw. It turns out that they were able to recognize the fearful faces (but not surprised faces) much faster, when the faces appeared specifically during an in-breath through the nose. This didn’t happen during an out-breath, nor with mouth breathing. The scientists also tested memory (associated with the hippocampus), where the same 60 subjects had to view images and later recall them. They found that memory for these images was much better if they first encountered and encoded these images

during an in-breath through the nose. Our in-breath is like a remote control for our brains, directly affecting electrical signals that communicate with memory and emotional processing centers. These findings show a system where our in-breath is like a remote control for our brains: by breathing in through our nose we are directly affecting the electrical signals in the “smell” regions, which indirectly controls the electrical signals of our memory and emotional brain centers. In this way, we can control and optimize brain function using our in-breath, to have faster, more accurate emotional discrimination and recognition, as well as gain better memory. So taking a breath in through our nose can control our brain signals and lead to improved emotional and memory processing, but what about the outbreath? As mentioned earlier, slow, steady breathing activates the calming part of our nervous system, and slows our heart rate, reducing feelings of anxiety and stress. So while the in-breath specifically alters our cognition, the act of slow, deep breathing, whether the inhalation or exhalation, is beneficial for our nervous system when we wish to be more still. In fact, mindful breathing emphasizes 19


not only the breathing component, but also the mental component of paying attention and becoming aware of mind, body and breath together. By observing in a non-judgemental manner, without forcing ourselves to “get to� some special state, we are in fact then able to watch our minds and feel our bodies more clearly. This in turn becomes a path to insight and

a practice we can keep working on. Our breath is powerful enough to regulate emotions and help us gain clarity, and to fully do so we must also make the effort to center our minds to the here and now.

"This article was originally published on Mindful.org, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring, guiding, and connecting anyone who wants to explore mindfulness. Go here to view the original article."

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BIASC’s Mission The BIASC is our state’s chartered affiliate of the national Brain Injury Association of America. Together our mission is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.

Getting You Back to Better • Comprehensive medical care including neurological care, medical monitoring,EEGs, cardiac care and tracheostomy/ventilator management • Physical, occupational and speech therapies in the patient rooms and gyms • Our goal is to enable each person to attain their highest level of independence

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South Carolina Brain Injury Support Groups Aiken Support Group Support Group Meeting Place: Aiken County Disabilities and Special Needs Board 1016 Vaucluse Road, Aiken, SC Meeting Time: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Contact Person: Shonda Nickerson Email: SNickerson@aikenboard.org Phone: 803-642-8827 Anderson, Oconee, Pickens (AOP) Brain Injury Support Group and Recreation Group Monthly Support Group Meeting Place: AnMed Rehab Hospital 1 Springback Way, Anderson, SC Meeting Time: 2nd Monday of each month, 12:00 p.m. Quarterly Support Group Meeting Place: Anderson County Disabilities and Special Needs Board 214 McGee Road, Anderson, SC Meeting Time: 2nd Mondays in March, June, September, December, 5:30 p.m. Recreational Group Meeting Place: AnMed Rehab Hospital 1 Springback Way, Anderson, SC Meeting Time: Every Monday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Contact Person: Candy Jones; Email: candyjones@acdsnb.org Phone: 864-260-4529 “Central Savannah River Area” Support Group Meeting Place: Vincent Village in North Augusta in the Club House 218 West Five Notch Road, North Augusta, SC Meeting Time: 1st Monday of each month, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Contact Person: Les Paul Morgan 22

Email: mycometpatrol@bellsouth.net Phone: 866-793-3407 or 803-279-9611 Charleston Area-Trident Head Injury Support Group Support Group Meeting Place: Trident Family Medical Building 9228 Medical Plaza Drive, 2nd Floor, North Charleston, SC Meeting Time: 1st Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Contact Person: Marsha Mikell Email: mjmikell@live.com Phone: 843-881-1214 Conway/Myrtle Beach-Brain Injury Support Group of the Grand Strand Support Group Meeting Place: New Horizons Center 150 Waccamaw Medical Park Court, Conway, SC Meeting Time: 3rd Thursday of each month, 12:00 p.m. (pot luck lunch & meeting) Contact Person: Ellen Leftwich Email: leftwich@sccoast.net Phone: 843-349-7250 Columbia Brain Injury Support Group Support Group Meeting Place: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital 2935 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC Thomas Norris Educational Conference Center (across from the cafeteria) Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Contact Person: Janet Hinson Email: jhinson789@aol.com Phone: 803-788-5696


Greenville Brain Injury Support Group Support Group Meeting Place: HASCI (Head and Spinal Cord Injury) Resource Center Thrive Upstate McAlister Square, Suite B-6, 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, SC Meeting #1: Survivor, Family, and Friends Meeting Time: 1st Tuesday of most months, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Meeting #2: Caregivers/Parents Group Meeting Time: TBD- please contact person below for more information.

Rock Hill Brain Injury Support Group Support Group Meeting Place: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital 1795 Frank Gaston Blvd., Room 200, Rock Hill, SC Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of each month, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Contact Person: Susan Mace Email: smace94@aol.com Phone: 803-802-8774

Contact Person: Anne Medlock Email: greenvilletbi@gmail.com Phone: 864-230-7821 and 864-230-7820

Support Group Meeting Place: Bryant Center SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department 180 Groce Road, Lyman, SC Meeting Time: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Contact Person: Tanya Lambert Email: tlambert1@scvrd.state.sc.us Phone: 864-249-8048 or 864-249-8030

Greenwood Brain Injury Support Group Support Group Meeting Place: Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital Gardenia Room 1530 Parkway, Greenwood, SC 29646 Meeting Time: 3rd Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Contact Person: Alpana Pednekar Email: alpanapednekar@ernesthealth.com Phone: 864-330-1819; 864-330-1800 Hartsville Brain Injury Support Group Support Group Meeting Place: Hartsville Memorial Library 147 W. College Avenue, Hartsville, SC Meeting Time: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Contact Person: Danny Weaver Email: weav2206@bellsouth.net Phone: 843-861-5413

Spartanburg/Lyman Brain Injury Support Group

**If there is no active support group listed in your community and you are interested in having one to attend, please contact BIASC.

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IASC member, Mr. Tate Mikell, from Mount Pleasant, SC, was the recipient of this year’s Advocate of the Year Award. The award was given to Tate at the SC Partnership of Disability Organization’s Community Engagement Day at the State House on March 1. SC Human Service Providers Association representative, Mr. Jimmy Burton, Executive Director of the Burton Center, presented the award to Tate. Tate is a brain injury survivor. He spends a lot of his time motivating young man to strive for greatness each day. Tate graduated from the SC Developmental Disabilities Council Partners in Policymaking class in 2009, where he learned to be a better self advocate and has since become an active voice for the brain injury community as well as all disabilities. He is an active member of the Trident Head Injury Support Group and has helped members of the group learn about resources and how to be an advocate. Congratulations, Tate, for making a difference for those around you!

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THANK YOU NEW & RENEWING

MEMBERS/SUPPORTERS

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Harriett Abner

Jessica Grant

Jimarra Norwood

Toni Amick

Jason Gribick

Kimberly Ostrander

Paula Bess

Meredith Gribick

Melissa Ritter

Ashley Bryant Harbin

Carol Gribick

Matthew Roth

Craig Bullock

Ken Harrell

Theresa (Jackie) Sanfacon

Tyiah Burt

Ryan Haslam

ThomaS Seastrunk

Tony Carlton

Sheldon Herring

Anbesaw Selassie

Elizabeth Carter

Douglas Hinson

Kelly Sieling

Patricia Celley

Ginny Hughes

Brian Smith

Philip Clarkson

Tammy Johnson

Michelle Stockman

David & Mary Clarkson

Tyrone Johnson

Julia Tupper

Colleen Coco

David Jones

Evelyn Turner

Karen Corbett

Alfreda King

Jill Vaughn

Melissa Curtis

Rebecca Kurumada

Lyman Whitehead

Suzanne Datri

Belinda Langton

Ila Whittington Schaut

Michelle De Silva

Beth Lindler

Freddy Woods

Javonia Dunbar

Sydney Lynn

Leigh Wright

Robert Durland

Marsha Mikell

Kayla Wright

Carey Garrett

W. Tate Mikell

Sherri Wright

Andrew Gowdown

Bonnie Muntz-Pope

Tanya Graham

Shonda Nickerson


Agency Membership: SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department

BIASC Membership: Renew or Join! The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina relies on your membership dues and donations to assist in the execution of our special projects and to assist families and survivors. If you have not yet joined, we encourage you to do so! It is important that individuals with brain injuries, their families, and the professionals in the field all work together to develop services, legislation, and support systems. Please remember, we cannot do this without your help!

To renew or join, please contact Breanna Spaulding at: 803.731.9823 or 1.877.TBI.FACT (in-state) or online at: www.biausa.org/SC/

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SPONSORS & DONORS Corporate Sponsors Learning Services Palmetto Health Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital Law Offices of Kenneth E. Berger

Small Business Sponsors Hamilton, Dellency, Grier & Cotton, LLC

BIASC Corporate Sponsorship Levels BIASC is seeking Corporate Sponsors. If you are interested in supporting the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina and its ability to continue to serve brain injury survivors and families, please contact Joyce Davis at 803.731.9823 or 1.877.TBI.FACT (in-state) or visit our website at www.biausa.org/SC/. All Corporate Sponsors Receive: 1-Year Subscription to BIASC’s Headlights Newsletter 1-Year Subscription to Brain Injury Association of America’s Newsletter, The Challenge A letter indicating your tax deductible donation Each sponsorship receives additional benefits depending on the amount of giving. For more information about benefits, go to www.biausa.org/SC or contact Joyce Davis at 803.731.9823. Platinum Sponsorship: $10,000+ Gold Sponsorship: $5,000 Silver Sponsorship: $2,500 Bronze Sponsorship: $1,000 28

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Donations: Lois Smith Joaquiha Treece Deanna Norungolo Rachel Flanagan

Heidi M. Johansen Street Steve Mitchell Marsha Mikell Dana Pfeifer

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Honors:

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In honor of Mr. Danny Weaver

Daniel Ancrum III

Philip Clarkson

Aliska Smith Joy Fuller

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MEMORIALS In memory of Mrs. Elizabeth “Betty” Stover SC Association of FFA Bonnie M. Muntz-Pope Sherry Caldwell In memory of Mr. Zachary Johnson Phillip Clarkson In memory of Dr. Linda Veldheer Sherry Caldwell David Johnson In memory of Robert Clayton Pope, Jr. Bonnie M. Muntz-Pope In memory of Eddie Dunlap Carole A. Dunlap In memory of Dr. G. Gopal Dadheech Smita Dadheech In memory of Mrs. Nancy Munzert Drew Stewart In memory of Mrs. Lois Joanne Goff Phillip Clarkson 30


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