Several years ago, I met with an impressive constituent from District 23, working to recover from a traumatic brain injury. In 2012, Annette Alfonsi was a passenger in a rollover car accident. Her life has never been the same because of the injuries she suffered that day. However, that has not stopped her from raising awareness of the issue. For many years, Annette has led a brain injury awareness project in Alaska and hosted community conversations among stakeholders. She’s been a tireless advocate for survivors of brain injuries.
After meeting with Annette and hearing her story, I become convinced that more attention and resources are needed to prevent and treat brain injuries that all too often go undiagnosed and untreated.
- It’s estimated that between 3 to 5 million Americans live with long-term disabilities resulting from traumatic brain injuries.
- The Brain Injury Association of America reports that every 9 seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury.
- Approximately 137 people die every day in the U.S. because of traumatic brain injuries.
Most of the time, physical injuries are easy to see. Someone has a broken arm or they are bruised and battered. That's not the case with many brain injuries, which largely go unseen. It's my hope that by raising awareness we can prevent people from getting brain injuries and support the millions of Americans living with these injuries.
A great resource for more information is the Brain Injury Association of America. Visit their website at biausa.org.