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This past June 3-9, 50 adult brain-injured survivors from
throughout the state of Illinois participated in the Brain Injury
Association of Illinois' camp Wilderness Endeavor. A large number of
the survivors, 20 percent, were first-time campers. Philicia L.
Deckard, executive director, and Ginny Lazzara, board chair of the
Brain Injury Association of Illinois, have my praise and respect for
making this week a reality for those of us who must live with a
brain injury. Terry Andre and myself, members of the Fulton County
Brain Injury Support Group, were among the 50.
The campground on the shores of Lake Bloomington gave the campers
opportunity to fish, swim, ride horses and canoe, along with other
camp activities. The activities were planned with different types of
therapies that the average camper does not generally have
opportunity to take part in at home. The best part of camp, for me,
was spending time with my fellow survivors. It is the one week we
get to be known as people and not just our disabilities.
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Camp FunZone for juvenile brain injury survivors will be Aug.
12-15. For further information about the camp or to sponsor a child
at camp, please contact the Brain Injury Association of Illinois at
800-699-6443. The association could use your support with this
project and the other programs it oversees to help bring awareness
of brain injury to our great state.
It is the mission of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois to
create a better future for us through brain injury awareness,
prevention, by education and advocacy on our behalf. Visit them on
the Web at http://www.biail.org/ or call them to find out more
information about brain injury and how you can help.
Brain injury awareness advocate
June 29, 2007]
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