Houston Doctor Supports Awareness Effort for Brain Injury

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 4/29/2015, 8:44 a.m.
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) – Texas Division is proud to host the upcoming Houston Walk for Brain ...
Craig DiTommaso, M.D.

Houston, Texas – The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) – Texas Division is proud to host the upcoming Houston Walk for Brain Injury to be held Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Discovery Green Park.

The Brain Injury Walk will help raise awareness about brain injury, support brain injury survivors, and assist survivors with finding brain injury care. A local physician, Craig DiTommaso, M.D., played an essential role in getting the Walk for Brain Injury off the ground in Houston. "Providing appropriate medical care to individuals with brain injury is vital to the health of the individual, their family, and our community," said Dr. DiTommaso.

Due to the large number of individuals struggling with a Brain Injury, Dr. DiTommaso is hopeful that this walk will be a step in the right direction for many of our family and friends.

More than 2.5 million people in the United States sustain traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the U.S. each year, and 1 million more experience strokes and other acquired brain injuries. At least 5.3 million Americans live with TBI-related disabilities at a cost of more than $76 billion each year.

It is estimated that 144,000 people sustained brain injuries in Texas last year.

“People living with brain injuries want the same things we all want: a good job, someone to love, a nice home, and fun in their lives. They want to be defined by who they are as people, not by their injuries. The Walk for Brain Injury is a step in that direction – we are providing this community with an opportunity to get together and really feel supported,” said William Dane, the staff director for BIAA - Texas Division. “We know there is a need for more – more programming, more services, more community support – and this is our opportunity to grow.”

BIAA - Texas Division assists individuals and families who experience the life changing and sometimes devastating effects of brain injury; callers to the BIAA National Brain Injury Information Center (1-800-444-6443) talk with compassionate, knowledgeable specialists who assist them in locating rehabilitative, legal, financial, and other support services critical to maximizing recovery.

The BIAA – Texas Division thanks its partners, CHI St. Lukes Health, Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation, Nexus Specialty Hospital, Touchstone Neurorecovery Center, HealthBridge Children’s Hospital, Post Acute Medical, Hanger Clinic, the TIRR Foundation, and Transitional Learning Center – Galveston.

More information on the Houston Walk for Brain Injury is on the BIAA –Texas Division website at www.TexasWalkForBrainInjury.com.

About the BIAA – Texas Division:

Our mission is to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment, and education and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury. Through advocacy, we bring help, hope, and healing to millions of individuals living with brain injury, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

More information on the Houston Walk for Brain Injury is on the BIAA –Texas Division website at www.TexasWalkForBrainInjury.com.