Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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JOIN BIAMD at the Catoctin Colorfest in Thurmont, Maryland
October 9th and 10th
in Thurmont's Community Park.

Recognized in Sunshine Artists Magazine as
one of the top 35 festivals in the US.

FIND US at Table 112, 114,116 near the
American Legion Oktoberfest area.

Simply use the address for Catoctin High School, 14745 Sabillasville Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788, to navigate to the main shuttle bus parking area.

The shuttle bus service is available throughout the day from 8 AM to 6 PM.

Admission to Colorfest is free, but there's a nominal fee at the parking locations throughout town.

CLICK HERE or the photo above to watch the highlights of Don Larson's World Series No Hitter
#5Thoughts Friday

The 2021 Scarecrow Classic Virtual Brain Challenge Series will be held from October 16, 2021 through November 20, 2021. 

This Virtual event, hosted by the Brain Injury Association of Maryland (BIAMD) will rally survivors, families, friends, and supporters around the common goal of raising awareness about brain injury within the community and providing much needed funding to support the programs and initiatives of BIAMD.

  • CLICK HERE to Register for the Scarecrow Classic Virtual Brain Challenge Series before November 20, 2021.
  • Complete a 1 Mile Run/Walk, 5K (3.1 miles) or 10K (6.2 miles) at your convenience any time anywhere before November 13, 2021. 
  • Celebrate your accomplishment by sharing on your preferred social media site and use the hashtag #ScarecrowBrainChallenge2021 so we can find it!

Every entry gets you an All New 2021 Scarecrow Classic Virtual Brain Challenge long sleeve tee that you’ll love to wear with pride, AND, for the second time Brain Challenge Series, ALL runners will receive a Scarecrow Classic Finisher Medal AND the SECOND piece of the 5 piece Brain Challenge Medal. 
This year the piece will be the OCCIPITAL LOBE
Frame and Sketch by Spanky Bentz
After suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury in 1998, Spanky Bentz thought making art would be just another thing he’d have to give up.

“I wasn’t sure if I could do it anymore,” he said.
He had to relearn how to walk, talk, even feed himself after being hit by a car head-on while riding a bicycle.

But more recently, he began to challenge himself by creating black-and-white drawings of wildflowers and historical buildings near his home in Thurmont. When a neighbor was tearing down an old barn, Bentz asked if he could have the wood scraps and taught himself to make frames for his artwork from the salvaged wood.

At Catoctin Colorfest, which runs Oct. 9 and 10 in Thurmont, he and other TBI survivors will show their artwork while also sharing their stories about Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Along with Bentz, TBI survivors showing work are Christina Osheim and James Miller, who will be joined by the Brain Injury Association of Maryland and Thurmont’s American Legion. The artists met through the Brain Injury Association of Maryland’s weekly Zoom gatherings for TBI survivors, where they can share their stories and build community.

CLICK HERE to find out more this great event.
Photo by WBZ Boston
Martha Staten almost died in 2014 in a freak accident in a hotel room.

“I got up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and turned from the sink, and that’s the last I remember. Woke up on the floor with a police officer standing over me,” she told WBZ-TV.

Martha, who was 59 years old at the time, had fainted and hit her head on the bathtub.

“I had turned from the sink, fainted and landed on the top of the tub. I fractured my temporal bone, tore the lining of my brain, blew out my ear and the force of the fall lifted me up and threw me into the leg of the sink, so I ended up with 17 stitches in the back of my head.”

Not surprisingly, Martha, who was an avid runner with eight Boston Marathons under her belt, was told she might never run again. At first, she couldn’t even walk on her own.

“I used a walker in the beginning and I remember walking around our house and then I slept for 18 hours. That’s how injured I was, I guess,” she said.

CLICK HERE to read more on this inspirational runner.
March 24-25

The Brain Injury Association of Maryland will hold its 2022 Annual Conference on March 24th-25th in Baltimore, Maryland. This year's Conference Committee is now accepting applications for breakout session presentations on all topics that affect individuals with brain injuries, their families, and the professional healthcare providers that care for them.

Every year, for over three decades, we have been able to provide a forum to amazing researchers, healthcare providers, family members and survivors who bring their unique perspectives and stories to our conference attendees.

If you are interested in presenting at our conference next March, please complete the online application form below. We look forward to seeing you then.

Call Mikayla Haas 973.324.8442 for more information.
Previous studies have pointed to stellate cells, the stellate glial cells of the central nervous system, as a cause of cell death in Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Many experts believed that these cells release molecules that kill neurons in order to “clean up” damaged brain cells, but the identity of this toxin has remained a mystery until now.

A new study led by researchers at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine says they are the first evidence that tissue damage stimulates stellate cells to produce two types of fat, long-chain saturated free fatty acids and phosphatidylcholine. Offers. These fats cause cell death of damaged neurons, the electrically active cells that send messages throughout the nervous tissue.

Published October 6th in the journal Nature The study also showed that when researchers blocked fatty acid formation in mice, 75 percent of neurons survived, compared to 10 percent when fatty acids were formed. Previous research by researchers has shown that Brain cells Continued to function when shielded Astrocyte attack.

“Our findings show that toxic fatty acids produced by astrocytes play an important role in brain cell death, providing promising new targets for treating and perhaps preventing many neurodegenerative diseases. “It shows,” said Dr. Shane Redero, co-lead author of the study. NS.
CLICK HERE for considerations on surgery with a TBI.
2) What We are Reading This Week
On a sunny fall afternoon in 1988, Jon Sarkin was playing golf when, without a whisper of warning, his life changed forever. As he bent down to pick up his golf ball, something strange and massive happened inside his head; part of his brain seemed to unhinge, to split apart and float away. For an utterly inexplicable reason, a tiny blood vessel, thin as a thread, deep inside the folds of his gray matter had suddenly shifted ever so slightly, rubbing up against his acoustic nerve. Any noise now caused him excruciating pain.

After months of seeking treatment to no avail, in desperation Sarkin resorted to radical deep-brain surgery, which seemed to go well until during recovery his brain began to bleed and he suffered a major stroke. When he awoke, he was a different man. Before the stroke, he was a calm, disciplined chiropractor, a happily married husband and father of a newborn son.

Now he was transformed into a volatile and wildly exuberant obsessive, seized by a manic desire to create art, devoting virtually all his waking hours to furiously drawing, painting, and writing poems and letters to himself, strangely detached from his wife and child, and unable to return to his normal working life. His sense of self had been shattered, his intellect intact but his way of being drastically altered. His art became a relentless quest for the right words and pictures to unlock the secrets of how to live this strange new life. And what was even stranger was that he remembered his former self.

CLICK HERE to see more.
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1) Quote We are Contemplating
“Art is a wound turned into light.”

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