BIND: 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 www.thebind.org.
“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
Rehab Without Walls
Carol & Frank Atkins
Accel Rehab Hospital
Reno Realty Group
CNS: Centre for Neuro Skills
The Medical Center of Plano
Austin Shaw, DJ
UNT & UTD Student Volunteers
K & R Artworks
Art is Life Studio
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