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November 2019
Last Day Lagniappe
The Brain Injury Association of Louisiana was awarded the 2019 Award of Excellence for Programs and Services by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) at our recent chapter leadership meeting in Florida. We appreciate BIAA for recognizing our chapter as we are honored and proud to represent Louisiana. Everyday, we strive to achieve our mission and make a difference in the lives of others. Being a staff of two, we rely on our board members, volunteers and supporters, the individuals we serve, and our dedicated and committed sponsors to work along side of us to help make a difference. This award is possible because of all of you!
Friends of BIALA Program Expansion Campaign Celebration

We had lots to celebrate at the Nov. 16 Friends of BIALA festive party at the beautiful home of hosts Dr. Jonathon and Adrienne Rynning. Our hosts are inaugural and loyal members of our Friends circle and put on quite a party, with a buffet of fabulous food, a dessert bar, wine and cocktails, and more. We’re celebrating our 65 percent of goal at just the midway of year one.

Among our VIP guests were Neurosurgeon Dr. Frank Culicchia, who has been a tremendous advocate and generous lead supporter of our conference. Thank you, Dr. Culicchia for all that you do to help elevate awareness of BIALA’ s work throughout Louisiana.

Board member Kathleen Waring and her daughter Nina Waring McIntosh represented the four Waring families who led off our campaign with their generous leading gifts. Great cheers and thanks to the Warings! Kathleen and Ben Waring, along with Holly and Geoff Snodgrass are co-chairing the Program Expansion Campaign.

Some sponsor representatives were also recognized: ReMed Louisiana’s Heath Bastoe; and Superior Van & Mobility’s Derek Hinsey. Also in attendance were TBI survivor Erik Duncan and his caregiver mother Jan Janney of Baton Rouge. They were recognized for their moving story of interchangeable roles of caregiving.  

Music was in the air, too, with the NOLA Hummingbirds, a fun barbershop quartet, who sang their acapella rendition of Kool & the Gang’s “Celebrate,” among other lively tunes.

Thank you to all of our Friends of BIALA and other supporters for your generosity and commitment to what we are able to accomplish together.



MARCH 27-28, 2020

Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana 2020
-A program about advocacy and education-
To schedule a personal appearance with Tamara, call: (225) 436-6711


Thank you to NuMotion Foundation for sponsoring our event and to
Baton Rouge Rehabilitation Hospital for hosting the event.

Give a Care on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3
Throughout the month of November, National Caregivers Month, BIALA has been serving family caregivers and the loved ones in their care with our new “Ready, Relax, Eat” program that delivers nutritious meals to their homes. This one daily task, meal preparation, gives caregivers some respite for the evening meal.

November was the launch of the program, which will continue in the year ahead, but we need your support to keep this program alive. It’s costly, but we’re committed to assisting family caregivers who truly appreciate having someone to lean on at least once during their busy days. A $20 gift can provide two dinners, for one caregiver and her loved one for one special day!

Please give a care during this season of giving by making a gift now: https://www.biala.org/donate-biala    or write a check: BIALA, 8325 Oak St, New Orleans 70118 and write “caregivers” in the memo line. Thank you for giving a care – it will be one of the most rewarding dollars you’ll spend during the giving season.

If you are a caregiver and would like to participate in “Ready, Relax, Eat,” click here to sign up.
Calling all sponsors: Annual conference is just four months away
You received your sponsor or exhibitor packets in October. Now we need to hear from more of you who plan to join us at our March 27-28, 2020 conference, “Together Toward Tomorrow.” We’ll be in a new location at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, New Orleans Airport location, and have a super assembly space. Exhibitor space is slightly tighter, however, so give us a call to say “YES, we’ll be there!” Please contact:   Kathleen@biala.org   

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United Spinal Association's Pathways to Employment (PTE) Program

United Spinal Association’s Pathways to Employment (PTE) program supports the pursuit of new job opportunities and a successful career for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) by providing the tools and support necessary to successfully overcome barriers to gainful employment.

United Spinal’s PTE program partners with employers to place people with SCI in workplace jobs and provides trained peer mentors, resources, and professional support to facilitate return to work, including information about benefits and the transition to employment.

Alcohol Use After Traumatic Brain Injury

Alcohol use and TBI are closely related. Up to two-thirds of people with TBI have a history of alcohol abuse or risky drinking. Between 30-50% of people with TBI were injured while they were drunk and about one-third were under the influence of other drugs. Around half of those who have a TBI cut down on their drinking or stop altogether after injury, but some people with TBI continue to drink heavily, which increases their risk of having negative outcomes.
After TBI, many people notice their brains are more sensitive to alcohol. Drinking increases your chances of getting injured again, makes cognitive (thinking) problems worse, and increases your chances of having emotional problems such as depression. In addition, drinking can reduce brain injury recovery. For these reasons, staying away from alcohol is strongly recommended to avoid further injury to the brain and to promote as much healing as possible.

Motivational Moment

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! May peace , love, and hope be with you always.
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