It Opened My Eyes: “Unmasking Brain Injury 2.0” Videographer Shares his Thoughts

As a videographer, a big part of what I do is capture moments and create experiences out of those moments through storytelling. As I build a story through editing, it’s crucial to carefully listen to each interview in its entirety to put together the most cohesive final product. Often times during my editing process, I cannot help but immerse myself into the story being told by that individual. Prior to each interview with the brain injury survivors, I wasn’t quite sure of what to expect, but what I learned is that you can overcome any adversity with great support and the desire to keep moving forward in spite of.

I was informed during many of the interviews that brain injuries are sometimes undetectable to the average onlooker. Through the testimonies of these survivors, I’ve witnessed the obligations they have to reinforce to others that, even after their unfortunate causes and situations, they are still human beings who are capable of joy, love, and deserving of happiness.

This project was special to me because it opened my eyes to a situation that is poorly represented and discussed. However, I am excited that these survivors have a platform such as the Brain Injury Association for Michigan to tell their story, inform the masses, and possibly give hope to other survivors just like themselves. This experience has been great for me and I am glad that I had the chance to be a part of it!

Thank you,

Sean Bowman
Captured Screens Productions, LLC

Staff Spotlight: Lindsay Flood

What do you do at BIAMI?
In early July, I started as the Event Coordinator, which means I’ll be planning, coordinating, and executing predominately fundraising events such as East and West Golf Outings, and assisting with Rockin’ for Rehab. Additionally, I will be working on the Quality of Life and Legal Conferences, as well as taking on more of a public relations and marketing role in the weeks to come.

What brought you to BIAMI? Why did you choose to work here?
My close friend suffered a brain injury many years ago and has chronic and debilitating migraines due to it. As I witnessed her daily struggles and saw the incorrect assumptions people made, I was given a peek into a survivor’s life. Her family connected me with BIAMI and I began as a Marketing and Development Intern last summer from May-August. After graduating from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Communications, I saw that BIAMI had an open position for the Event Coordinator role and it just seemed like the perfect fit!

What means the most to you working here? What provides you the greatest sense of accomplishment?
What’s so special about working for BIAMI is meeting all of the survivors with their various stories and seeing where life has taken them now. It is certainly a rewarding role as I am assisting in sharing survivors stories through the Unmasking Brain Injury 2.0 project that was just recently revealed.

What is something you think people should understand about brain injury survivors?
It’s important to not minimize their emotions and the daily battles they face, especially as many survivors look “fine” from the outside.

Amy Fedel Memorial Concert

BIAMI is privileged to be part of the 20th anniversary Amy Fedel Memorial Concert, to be held at 7:30 pm, September 22nd, at the Greenwood United Methodist Church, 1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, MI. Music will be provided by the Bonfire Poets, Five Miles More, Patti Jarosz, Katie Geddes, David Vaughn, and Jeff and the Deck Chairs.

This multi-performer instrumental and vocal concert memorializes 8-year old Amy Fedel, killed by a drunk driver. Amy’s sister, Lisa, suffered a closed head injury in the same accident and continues to progress.

Tickets are available at the door with the recommended tax-deductible donation of $15.00 for adults and $3.00 for kids. All funds benefit the BIAMI, MADD, and the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. Since 2008, over $7,000 has been raised through the event, and we strongly encourage your support. For more information, visit The Amy and Lisa Page.

BIAMI President Tom Constand on WJR

During the 2018 Eastern Grand Invitational, BIAMI President/CEO Tom Constand sat down with WJR's Frank Beckmann for an interview. You can listen to by clicking the play button in the audio player above.

Ask Your Representative to Support TBI Appropriations

On behalf of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), we are encouraging all BIAMI members to contact your member of Congress and urge them to sign onto the Dear Colleague Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Appropriation request letters.

There are two letters: one supporting the TBI state grant program and the TBI program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and one supporting TBI programs at the Department of Defense.

Please ask your representative to sign each letter. The deadline to sign is March 14.

What can you do?

  • Call your member of Congress. Contact the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121
  • Connect with your representative on Twitter or Facebook and ask for support for TBI Appropriations. Here's a sample tweet you can use:
    • Please support #TBI appropriations by signing our Dear Colleague @BillPascrell @TomRooney
  • Email your member of Congress. Visit www.house.gov and enter your ZIP code to find your representative.
    • When you send your email, make sure to attach the TBI Programs Appropriations letter and the TBI DOD Appropriations letter

The BIAA has created a sample letter for you to use when you email your member of Congress. Click here to download the letter. To see if your representative supported appropriations last year, click here.

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