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New Hampshire student raises funds for brain injury association

National Concussion Awareness Day to be Sept. 16

Published: September 7, 2016 10:12 AM

Vienna, Virginia – The Brain Injury Association of America is pleased to announce a partnership with 17 year old Brooke Mills of Concord, New Hampshire. Brooke, a student and founder of LessenTheImpact.org, has worked diligently to launch the first National Concussion Awareness Day to be Sept. 16.

Brooke’s goal is to raise awareness of concussion throughout the United States through educational events, social media, and press coverage. Events are being planned from New Hampshire to New Jersey to increase the general public’s understanding of concussion. Brooke’s primary goal is to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury, improve reporting of sports concussions, and give resources and hope to those suffering from post-concussion syndrome. Brooke has also set a goal to raise $10,000 for the Brain Injury Association of America through event sponsors and a social media giving campaign throughout the month of September.

Brooke became an advocate for concussion awareness after suffering her own concussion in gym class while a freshman at Concord High School. After spending two years recovering from chronic headaches, vertigo, and memory loss, she remembers all too well feeling misunderstood, alone, and scared.

Today, Brooke spends her time volunteering as a peer-to-peer speaker in classrooms around New Hampshire to help teach teens the importance of recognizing a concussion, reporting it to the coach, and taking time off to fully recover.

Help spread the word on National Concussion Awareness Day. If you have suffered a concussion, or know someone who has, please share your story on social media on Friday, September 16 and use #NationalConcussionAwarenessDay as a tag.

Donations to the Brain Injury Association of America in support of Brooke’s goal can be made at http://biausa.donorpages.com/NCAD2016/.

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