Pizza With Purpose: March 16th

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BIND is proud to partner with several California Pizza Kitchen locations in Texas for a special day of FUNdraising.  Enjoy a delicious meal, and present this flyer on March 16th to any participating CPK location and they’ll donate 20% of your bill to BIND.  Both dine in and carry out orders are included….take a friend, tell a friend….and don’t forget your flyer!

Color Me Rad! – Art Heals

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What unites us is entirely unique to us.

Art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. Whether by the creator or viewer, it’s all participative. It creates an opportunity for the emotional, physical and soulful self to mend. A time and place to put pain and anguish, frustration and loneliness in a box and allow them an alternative release; Creativity and self-expression. 

Colorful or monochromatic, art is 






~ Silvana, BIND Volunteer and TBI Survivor 

Be mIND, Valentine!

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Be mIND, Valentine!
Did Someone Say “CAKE?”

Show your love for BIND on Valentine’s Day!  On Tuesday, February 14th we invite you to join us for CAKE anytime between 10 am and 4 pm.  We’ll be days away from moving into our new program space and we need your help to stock up our program units for 2017.  AND, it’s a great time to celebrate the 5th birthday of our organization.

Communications Unit
Printer paper
Postage stamps
Thermal laminating pouches
3-ring binders
Legal pads
Standard white envelopes
Address labels, size 5160

Kitchen & Maintenance Unit
Paper towels
Paper plates
Plastic spoons
Clorox wipes
Non-latex gloves
Coffee cups and lids
Plastic cups
8 gallon trash bags
Hand soap
Keurig coffee pods
Ziploc bags – all sizes

Wellness Unit 
Ribbons, yarn, twine, string
Mod Podge
Mason jars & lids
Scrapbook paper
Paint brushes
Fabric scraps
Sketch pads
Paint brushes
Prepared canvas
Mini glue gun refills

Questions?  Comments?  Ideas?  Ready to RSVP?

Call: 972-769-2463


Happy Birthday to BIND

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2016 has been a tremendous year for the BIND Members.  We invite you to make 2017 even better by giving to our Birthday Fund!  Give before March 1st so we can buy furniture, computers and supplies for our new home.  We’re planning for almost triple the space we have now!
We have a committed donor who has pledged to match what we raise together – up to $5,000!
Moving into our first home in 2015 was AWESOME.  You made that day and every day after possible.  Watch our ‘throwback’ video for a glimpse of BIND on Day 1:
BIND is changing lives every day.  We ask our Members to rate their quality of life after brain injury when they start the program.  Recently, we asked them if anything has changed since joining BIND…
76% of BIND Members report stable or IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE.
Progress is possible with you on our side.  Join us in celebrating 5 years of restoring purpose and giving hope to brain injury survivors in our community.


Happy Brain Hour Success!

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picturethisgreenscreen21BIND: Brain Injury Network of Dallas is a Plano-based nonprofit organization with a unique and special mission. The BIND program offers tools and a bridge of support to adult brain injury survivors so they can reconnect into life, the community and the workplace. BIND offers refuge for survivors of stroke, traumatic brain injury and brain cancer who are looking for restored sense of purpose, hope and continued healing from their injuries.


“Here I have hope for the future me.”

Jennifer, brain cancer survivor

At BIND survivors are called Members, not Patients, and this is an empowering service model. The Members have ownership of daily operations and work in team units that include Communications, Outreach and Advocacy, Kitchen and Maintenance, and Wellness. Essentially, the Members guide and direct the program – allowing the program to serve as a classroom, office, gym, volunteer site, recreation room, social outlet, an art studio, and congregation. Above all else, the BIND program gives each person in attendance a reason to get out of bed and join in.

“BIND has given me a place to go and gives me purpose.”
Carrie, stroke survivor

BIND has partnered with The Medical Center of Plano since opening in early 2015 and was proud to work with them & their HCA partner Medical City Dallas to present the BIND Annual Silent Auction and Happy Brain Hour on October 15th at the Marriott. This event brought $47,000 of operational funding to the program and focused on fun! Guests were invited to challenge their minds through games like charades, hangman, timed mazes and memory tasks. Asking guests to tie a shoe or button a shirt using only one hand tested motor skills, as those with a brain injury may face living with a paralyzed arm or hand.

“It’s a safe place for me to relearn skills in the company of others with similar injuries.”
Taylor, traumatic brain injury survivor

At least 400 Texans each day receive medical care for brain injury and at least 34% of stroke survivors are considered ‘working age.’ The vision for BIND is to serve as the model for additional brain injury programs like theirs across the state of Texas. Currently, the BIND program is at capacity for both space and members served each week and has a waiting list of over 30 survivors of brain injury who find resolve in living a productive life versus one of inactivity and isolation. Consider joining the cause and supporting the BIND mission by making a gift today at

“We are so thrilled about the progress BIND has made. It is what we all hoped would happen. I share with everyone I can corner what BIND is and their mission. It is something you hope will not be needed, but I want people to know it is there if the need arises.”
Carol, BIND donor

Special thanks to our event photographers: Bruce Wolpert from Picture This Green Screen
and Jenice Johnson-Williams from Art is Life Studio.

2016 Happy Brain Hour Event Sponsors:
Medical City Dallas & The Medical Center of Plano

The Goodman Family
The Gary Shultz Family

Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Frisco
Warm Springs Rehab Hospital of Allen

PATE Rehabilitation
Rehab Without Walls
Carol & Frank Atkins
Donna Valentino

Accel Rehab Hospital
Lift-Aids, Inc.
Reno Realty Group
CNS: Centre for Neuro Skills

In-Kind Donors:
The Medical Center of Plano
Austin Shaw, DJ
UNT & UTD Student Volunteers
K & R Artworks
Art is Life Studio
Martha Dahlberg

If you were a guest of ours this year, please take a few moments to complete this survey:

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BrainDead Festicle + Brewvolution on Nov. 5

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screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-12-15-56-pmBig Texas Beer Fest and BrainDead Brewing have teamed up for the 2nd BrainDead Festicle!  The Festicle is a celebration of barrel-aged and wild beers.  BIND is the happy recipient of Festicle 2016 proceeds and will supply volunteer pourers for the event.

This event will take place outdoors in the parking lot west of BrainDead with 30-35 or so of their closest brewery friends, and 60-70 beers.  Chef David Catering and Bowls and Tacos food will be available for your eating pleasure.

Ready to buy a ticket?  Here you go:

It’s Often Funny…

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February, 2015, I heard something in my head, ringing ears/seeing stars, when I heard myself slur…I knew…stroke.
Luckily, I was at a soccer game with an ambulance that could take me immediately to a hospital.
In the ER, I recall thinking, if this is be it, was suprised at how cavalier the experience was – no pain at all.
As with many brain injuries the crying started the next day, totally unsolicitated, nothing to do with depression, just the emotional center of the brain not
functioning well. It was surreal, reading all the messages and prayers – like they were for someone else.
‘You look fine’, I hear this continually. Something to be said about hidden disabilities.
I wake up thinking everything works, but, as I like to say ‘still a few screws loose’.
Depending on my fatigue, walking, talking, sleeping, thinking are all different, like explaining my childhood in small-town Nebraska, it’s hard to explain if you have not experienced it.
I’ve always been blessed, my life has been great – definitely a lemonade from lemons experience. It was the opportunity for a new start – forced to change priorities and outlook.
Brain injury clubhouse? Sounds like a place I’d want to avoid, right?
Well, trust me, having a stroke or TBI is ridiculously common.
BIND, like rehab, is a great place to meet those with common life events.
I really enjoy the camaraderie, discussing stroke stories, maladies/solutions, helping others in a way bigger than myself.
The future and need of this type of organization and service will continue to grow.
Having a stroke definitely has not made me feel unique, I am constantly noticing a strange gait, stiff arm, what I call one’s ‘zombie-walk’. Very much like noticing all the strollers when you have a newborn, my eyes were opened to how strokes are prevalent.
For some, a stroke is indeed the end, for me, just a new beginning/opportunity.
Sure, it’s not fun, but, fortunately, it’s often funny.
As with every challenge/disaster/problem…it can always be worse!
~ Chris Bancroft, Survivor, Husband, Father, BIND Member

Giving Day and YOU!

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IMG_1010Only 10 days until North Texas Giving Day 2016!  Join the community as we rally support for the BIND program on September 22nd.  Did you know?  This online day of giving set a record in 2015 and raised more than $30 million for charities in and near Dallas?!

This will be our third year to participate and we need YOU to spread the word!  Bonus funds and prizes are always a fun part of Giving Day….with bonus funds, your gifts of $25 and up will be multiplied.  Need to know more about bonus funds?  Click Here!

For our local supporters, join us in McKinney from 5-7 pm for Giving Day fun!  Need to know more about the Collin County Giving Day event?  Click Here!

By the numbers….

10 Days Until Giving Day!  Bookmark the BIND link today! #getupandgive

25+ Brain Injury Survivors are on our Wait List #timetoexpand

400 Texans are Treated for a Brain Injury EVERY DAY!

$2,825 Raised by our Board of Directors and a Generous Donor for Challenge Funds!

$5,000 Will Pay a Month of Rent for the BIND Program in 2017

$10,000 is our BIND Giving Day Goal #wecandoittogether

$130,000 To Double the BIND Program!



But I still dream…by Jim

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IMG_0976Each of us has a likely yet different story to tell.

On July 22nd, 2006, I had a massive hemorrhagic stroke with Wernicke’s Aphasia. My brain was damaged in my communication center.

On the left side of my visual field cut was down, in the left side. I had physical situation. I had problems but they told me I wouldn’t improve after that. Then I was accepted into Integra’s Day Nero Program. My therapists told me I had aphasia. At that point I did learned about aphasia. But I will never be 100%.

Integra helped me. But BIND was a dream and later became a reality. Time does changes. BIND was a fantastic issue and for me it was great. February 4, 2016 BIND opened. It was the inspiration and the ability to push me farther. I’m not there yet. But I still have a dream.

Noodle this & Noodle that…

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IMG_6208It was a beautiful summer day ten years ago in August, 2006 when everything suddenly changed for me.

Just a few months short of 50 years old, I was living a gifted life. I had been an accomplished student (3rd in my high school class), a talented athlete (set records in track), and a sax player that was selected to the city’s district band. I received full scholarship offers from colleges for each of these three skills, and I chose to go to West Point from which I graduated in 1978. After Army active duty service I joined the working public and eventually found myself moved up to VP of sales for a local Dallas company. Yes, everything was going very nicely for me. I mention all of the above, not to try to impress you with how wonderful I may think I am, but only to point out how quickly things can change if you were to lose it all.

In an instant, with a motor vehicle accident that very nearly killed me, I found out how dramatically things can be altered. I was on the way to a Rangers baseball game when I ran into stopped traffic for an accident that had happened in front of me on the freeway. While I was waiting to move past the stoppage a driver behind me fell asleep in his car that was moving at full speed. He damaged ten vehicles, but managed to hit me first. Fortunately for me, emergency personnel were already on hand for the accident in front of me and they were able to get to me quickly. They wrangled me out of my totaled vehicle, and after restarting my heart, sent me by helicopter to the emergency room. The initial prognosis was not good. I had broken every rib in my body in at least one place, punctured both lungs, damaged numerous organs, and in general was estimated at a very low chance to survive (2 out of 15). After two weeks in the emergency room attached to God-knows-what-all in order to save my life I was well enough to spend the next three months in a bed at the hospital. Then began the real hard part; therapy for the brain injury that I had sustained during my accident.

My losses were significant and numerous. I couldn’t walk and had a wheelchair with which to move around. My entire right side was initially paralyzed, and as I healed there was constant challenges to raising my right arm and moving my right leg. The worst however was the discovery that I had completely lost my communications skills. I couldn’t read and upon testing was found to be able to identify only two of the 26 letters of the alphabet. Needless to say, I couldn’t write anything because I couldn’t recognize and spell the words out. I couldn’t speak in a coherent fashion. Initially I had one noun with which I described everything: “noodle.” In my head I was saying everything that I was thinking, but I could tell from the reaction of those who were listening to me that something was desperately wrong. “Noodle” this and “noodle” that was not getting the job done. As is blatantly obvious, the new me is very different from the old me described earlier.

After nearly two and a half years of therapy, and a lot of hard work by the therapists, I came back to life. I am now able to read at a post-college level. I am able to write at nearly the same level. I am speaking beyond “noodle” now, and find many opportunities to speak to the general public at large about brain injury subjects. On the physical side I have completed several 5K road races, and although my right leg still wants to drag a bit, I am planning to achieve longer races.

In all I am very thankful that my accident happened while I was heading to meet customers for the game-night out. Considered a business accident, I was fully covered with insurance to maintain my recovery though the full two and a half years that I continued to progress. Not a fraction of the brain patients that I met along the way were as fortunate as I was. I was very lucky to have had such support.

The lesson learned is that recovery from a brain injury is most likely one of the hardest things that a person is ever going to experience. It takes hard work, persistence, a positive attitude, and help from people who know what you need to do to recover. The good news is that you can recover, and the better news is that the worst day of your brain injury was the first day. Everything gets better if you put in the effort. It is all up to you to continue working.

~Karl Heller, BIND Board of Directors and Member