Every 18.5 seconds, someone suffers from a brain injury. In fact, 1.7 million Americans are currently living with a brain injury.
A large group gathered Saturday afternoon at Westwood Lanes for "Bowling for Brain Injuries." Indiana was chosen as one of five states to kick off this inaugural fundraiser. Fort Wayne was a chosen city, along with Indianapolis, because of the large support groups it has.
The event aims to raise money for the advancement of brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education.
A board member of the Brain Injury Association of Indiana, Kristin Smith, says a brain injury can affect every aspect of one's life, from emotions and feelings, to motor skills. And she says brain injuries are such a big problem because it can happen to anyone.
Smith says babies can get a brain injury from Shaken Baby Syndrome, a high school athlete can suffer one from having a concussion, and even senior citizens who fall and hit their head may suffer.
Nebraska was the first state to host a "Bowling for Brain Injury" event. The state raised about $34,000, and Smith says Indiana wants to up that and raise nearly $36,000.
If you would like to join a support group or get involved, you can visit BIAUSA.org.
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