Where Resiliency is and How to Get it



Bouncing Back with Resiliency As a nurse, wouldn’t it be great to have a better understanding to provide targeted techniques for care of your TBI patients? As a survivor, wouldn’t it be great to know more about your brain’s capacity to mold to your new lifestyle? As a caregiver, wouldn’t it be great to know you are doing the right things for your loved one?   The Brain Injury Alliance of Utah (BIAU) is the only Utah non-profit organization devoted exclusively to education and support related to prevention of and recovery from brain injury. The BIAU is again presenting its annual Family and Professionals Conference, designed to provide valuable information for survivors of brain injury, their families and the professionals who provide support during recovery. Celebrating its 27th year, the November 4, 2016 conference will be held at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, and will feature Adam Schwebach, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist and Certified School Psychologist with the Neuropsychology Center of Utah, as its keynote speaker. Dr. Schwebach will speak on Resiliency and Brain Plasticity. Additional information throughout the day will be geared to help and assist rehabilitation nurses, neuro critical care nurses and neuro acute care nurses – with emphasis on the full spectrum of patient recovery – from critical care to community reintegration at work, school and home. Those in skilled nursing facilities and school nurses will also benefit. We will present the importance of coordinating TBI services, elements of caregiver support and strategies relative to executive function. Please mark your calendar for Nov. 4! *This activity has been submitted to the Western Multi State Division for approval...

Time to Get Rolling!

Time to Get Rolling!

It’s not too late to get rolling! Just 4 more days before BIAU’s annual “Run, Walk, & Roll” 5K! Time hasn’t run out, but it is about to! Click here for details on registration! Remember: Jamie Mo-Crazy will be there to share her incredible story. You could meet Leo the Lion from the Utah Real team! You can participate with whatever you like: legs, wheelchairs, bikes, scooters, long boards There are discounts for families. More than 80% of revenue goes to recovery and prevention resources for brain injury. See you...

Be Inspired

Be Inspired

You Won’t Want To Miss This! Have you ever watched extreme sports in the Olympics and thought, “What if they went down?” Well, Jamie Crane-Mauzy can tell you. In 2015, Olympic skier Jamie “Mo-Crazy” went for a double flat-spin 720. She came down face first, incurring a paralyzing traumatic brain injury. Amazingly, she has defied the odds and she is back on the slopes. She will also be at BIAU’s 5K in 9 days! Register now to run, walk, or roll and have a chance to meet Jamie! She shared these experiences from her recovery, “I believe there are two kinds of luck.  Controlled and uncontrolled. I had uncontrolled luck, I stayed alive, but a huge factor was my controlled luck. My mom tied my left hand down so I had to make breakfast completely with my right hand.  It took me 1 hour to [make] cereal. That was hard, and made me upset, but allowed my right hand to regain its function. . . my recovery was completely marked by controlled luck.”   Be Inspired! If you want to hear more from this humble and inspiring young woman, don’t forget to register now for our annual 5K! Hope to see you...

Be a Hero: May 2016 5K

Be a Hero: May 2016 5K

Why “Run, Walk, and Roll?” We want everyone to be able to accomplish a goal—at their level. Have you ever run a 5K next to someone in a wheelchair? Or crossed the finish line to see heroic families of those who are trying to beat the odds? If you want a 5K that motivates and inspires you, this is your 5K. BIAU personifies the drive to overcome the impossible. Many victims of traumatic brain injury are given bleak prognosis, but there are heroes in every story. Learn the stories. Run with the heroes. Become a hero. If a 5K is a challenge for you, we invite you to take on that challenge with vigor! You can run, walk or roll through the finish line. Come, conquer your beast, and along the way help others who are doing the same thing with their brain injury recovery. We will cheer for you the entire way! See you...

Name that Mascot!!

Name that Mascot!!

One of the easiest ways to prevent concussions and serious brain injuries is to wear the proper helmet during sports activities like skateboarding, biking, ice skating, skiing, and riding an ATV or scooter. As a matter of fact, wearing a bike helmet reduces the risk of head injury by as much as 85%! That’s why our mascots wear helmets and we need your help to name them. It’s easy! Simply submit your idea to name one or more of our mascots in person, by email (laraine@biau.org) or by regular mail*. The person who submits the winning name for each mascot will receive a family pass for four free admissions to the Tracy Aviary on 589 east and 1300 South, Salt Lake City**.  Click here to...

Angels For Andrew Receives Local Media Attention!

Angels For Andrew Receives Local Media Attention!

In a special report, “Inside the Story,” with Dan Rascon from KUTV Channel 4, Andrew Shatterfield and his parents, along with the Executive Director of BIAU George Gehling will be sharing a message of hope to viewers. This program will air during the first week of April. We will be sure to announce the exact day and time in the coming days. While Andrew’s journey has been the result of a great catastrophe, we are grateful to his family for sharing his experience to encourage others to prevent brain injuries by wearing a helmet, and inspire hope for never ending improvement, regardless of circumstances. In a special report, “Inside the Story,” with Dan Rascon from KUTV Channel 2, Andrew Shatterfield and his parents, along with the Executive Director of BIAU George Gehling will be sharing a message of hope to viewers. This program will air during the first week of April. We will be sure to announce the exact day and time in the coming weeks. While Andrew’s journey has been the result of a great catastrophe, we are grateful to his family for sharing his experience. We hope this encourages others to wear the proper helmet for your activity, and inspire hope for never ending improvement, regardless of circumstances. To watch Andrew’s progress, visit our facebook page. Other media highlights from this month include: 1. George Gehllng and this year’s Conference Keynote Speaker Alison Delgado were featured on the Salt Lake Community College television show, Community Roundtable, discussing brain injury issues. Click here to watch. 2. Public radio’s KUER features special guest, George Gehling about the significance of...