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					                                                                                                                                                                                                     Fall /Winter Issue • 2008
                                                                                 NONPROFIT ORG
                                                                                  US POSTAGE                                                                                                             Quarterly Newsletter
                                                                                   Buffalo NY
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              976 Delaware Ave., Lower Level
                   Buffalo, NY 14209

                                                                                                    976 Delaware Ave., Lower Level • Buffalo, NY 14209
                                                                                                    Phone: (716) 629-3636 • Fax: (716) 629-3639
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   In this issue
                                                                                                                                                       501C3 Non-Profit Organization

                                                                                                  HEADWAY IS GROWING!                                                                         • Headway is Growing         pg. 1
                                                                                                  Headway is proud that this year we will be able to help increasing numbers of WNY
                                                                                                  residents thanks to a new program we will be administering through the NYS De-              • Community Presentations pg. 2
                                                                                                  partment of Health.
                                                                                                  Many of you are familiar with a Department of Health we already administer for              • Continuing Speaker Series pg. 3
                                                                                                  WNY, the Traumatic Brain Injury Medicaid Waiver Program. Through this program,
                                                                                                  participants are able to avoid the necessity of being placed in a nursing home or
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Putting the “Fun”
                                                                                                  other institution by having a plan in place that includes some added services beyond
                                                                                                  those that are usually covered by Medicaid. Headway was one of the original agen-             in Fundraising             pg. 4
                   visit our website:
                                                                                                  cies that lobbied the Department of Health to create this program, as we feel that
THE BEST CURE IS PREVENTION, THE BEST PREVENTION IS AWARENESS.                                    everyone deserves a chance to return to their own home whenever feasible. We have           • Walk, Run & Wheel Event pg. 5
                                                                                                  helped to administer this program in the WNY area, and are proud to have helped
                                                                                                  over 200 individuals through this effort.
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Headway at the Harbour     pg. 6
                                       HEADWAY’S                                                  The NYS Department of Health felt that this TBI Medicaid Waiver program was a
 SUPPORT GROUPS FOR SURVIVORS OF BRAIN INJURY AND THEIR FAMILIES                                  great model, and that this concept could be expanded to help keep people with other         • Making a Difference        pg. 7
  All meetings will take place at Headway • 976 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209 / 716-629-3636   types of disabilities out of nursing homes also. In support of this idea, they created a
                                                                                                  new program called the Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Waiver, or NHTD.
PEER SUPPORT              CARE GIVERS SUPPORT        LIFE SUPPORT            YOUTH SUPPORT                                                                                                    • Veterans Support           pg. 8
1st & 3rd Tuesday         1st Tuesday                2nd Monday              2nd Thursday         The program will help people who need just a little more help and services in order
6:30 PM to 8 PM           6:30 PM to 8 PM            1 PM to 2:30 PM         6:30 PM to 8 PM      to be able to leave the nursing home, or be able to avoid being placed in a nursing
                                                                                                  home. Obviously, as this covers people with a wide variety of disabilities, it is antici-   • New Youth
Tuesday, Sept 2           Tuesday, Sept 2            Monday, Sept 8          Thursday, Sept 11    pated that this program will be a much bigger and more complex program than the               Support Group              pg. 9
Tuesday, Sept 16                                                                                  TBI Medicaid Waiver.
                                                                                                  Having had experience in administering a similar program, Headway was chosen by             • Financial Report          pg. 10
Tuesday, Oct 7            Tuesday, Oct 7             Columbus Day            Thursday, Oct 9
Tuesday, Oct 21                                      No Meeting                                   the NYS Department of Health as the agency to administer this new waiver program
                                                                                                  for WNY. Headway has hired several new staff members to help with the adminis-              • NFTA Fare Program         pg. 11
Tuesday, Nov 4            Tuesday, Nov 4             Veterans Day            Thursday, Nov 13     tration of this program, and we are gearing up to have the first participants registered
Tuesday, Nov 18                                      No Meeting                                   this fall. (The actual services are run by various contract agencies for both programs.)

Tuesday, Dec 2            Tuesday, Dec 2             Monday, Dec 8           Thursday, Dec 11     We are pleased to be able to help return more people to their own home base, and
Tuesday, Dec 16                                                                                   look forward to helping this program serve an increasing number of WNY’s citizen’s!
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Visit our website
Tuesday, Jan 6            Tuesday, Jan 6             Monday, Jan 12          Thursday, Jan 8      If you have any questions about this program or other Headway services, please call
Tuesday, Jan 20                                                                                   our office at 629-3636. We look forward to talking with you.
WELCOME                                                                             COMMUNITY                                    NFTA REDUCED
& FAREWELL                                                                          PRESENTATIONS                                FARE PROGRAM
Headway would like to welcome our            FACTS                                  Headway has a volunteer in-services          Are you aware that the NFTA Metro
new board members this year:                                                        staff, willing and able to do a variety of   Bus system has a reduced fare policy
Chuck Barber is Director of Western         A concussion is a mild traumatic        educational presentations to communi-        for senior citizens, the disabled and
New York Operations for Heritage            brain injury that occurs when a         ty groups. Those that we have present-       any Medicare recipient? The current
Christian Services, a human services        blow or jolt to the head disrupts the   ed to in the past year have been quite       reduced fare for these individuals is:
agency. His brother and stepfather          normal functioning of the brain.        varied, and include: Gentiva Home                • .65 for zone one
both have had serious brain injuries.                                               Health Care staff, DDSO employees,               • .75 for zone two
                                            • Twenty percent of all concussions     substance abuse counseling staff at              • .85 for zone three
Bill and Mari Warmus are long time            are sports-related                    ECMC, the Women’s Federation of                  • .95 for zone four
members and supporters of Headway.                                                  Buffalo, Calspan employees, Heritage         Their policy includes disability cover-
Bill is currently president of the TBI      • A concussion doesn’t always           Center employees, the Retired Public         age for those with “…organic mental
Clubhouse Program.                            knock you out                         Employees Association, Occupational          capacity impairment”, which in most
We send a fond farewell to Jerry                                                    Therapy Students at D’Youville Col-          cases would cover brain injury. Applica-
Piskor, who recently retired as a board     • Having one concussion increases       lege, and at UB, and staff at various area   tions for reduced fare can be obtained
member. Jerry was among the original          your chance of having another         group homes, in addition to others.          at the Metropolitan Transportation
members of the Headway board, and                                                                                                Center, located at 181 Ellicott St.,
                                            • Symptoms of concussion can            We have also been to Health Fairs, such
he has done more things for the orga-                                                                                            Buffalo between the hours of 8:30
                                              last hours, days, weeks, months, or   as with the Parent to Parent group, and
nization than we are able to list for you                                                                                        A.M.-4:30 P.M. Applications can also
                                              indefinitely                          attended the Orchard Park Communi-
in this short space. Jerry, we sincerely                                                                                         be requested by contacting the Eligibil-
                                                                                    ty Marketplace. We gave a presentation
hope you will keep your hand in for                                                                                              ity Coordinator at 716 855-7360 or
                                            • Concussion can cause disability       at the WNY Developmental Disabili-
the occasional volunteer assignment!                                                                                             visiting the NFTA web site at www.
                                              affecting school, work, and social    ties Day.
Your smile and your steady support                                                                                      Note: a Medicare Card
will be missed at meetings.                   life                                  Our intention is to further educate the      can be used instead of a reduced fare
                                                                                    community on brain injury to promote         identification card, but additional photo
The Headway Board has said goodbye          • Returning to contact or collision     better understanding and support, and        identification may be requested. Re-
to Dawn Radice-Neumann. Dawn                  sports before you have completely     also to make them aware of Headway           duced fare is not valid for trips with the
has recently been awarded her Ph.D. in        recovered from a concussion may       as a resource, support and advocacy          Paratransit system.
Rehabilitation Science at the Univer-         lead to more serious injury and       organization. Our presentations have
sity of Buffalo, and she has done some        can increase your chances of long-    a variety of emphasis, depending on
fascinating research on brain injury          term problems.                        whether we are speaking to health care
and emotions. Dawn has moved                                                        professionals, service groups, or the
on to a position with the Carolinas         • Just because you weren’t knocked      community at large.
Healthcare System, in the Department          out doesn’t mean you didn’t have
of Medical Rehabilitation as a post-          a concussion                          We are always looking to increase our
doctoral fellow in Charlotte, NC. We                                                outreach. Do you know of or be-
wish her good luck with this move.          • A concussion can have serious         long to a group which could ben-
We know that they will appreciate             long-term effects                     efit from a presentation? Please
your energy, knowledge and enthusi-                                                 call the office and let us know!
asm as much as we have.                     • It can take up to a year or longer    We are also interested in develop-
                                              to recover from a concussion          ing a list of brain injury survivors,
We were saddened by the death of                                                    family members and professionals
some members of our Headway family          • A properly worn helmet can            who may be interested in par-
recently, including:                                                                                                              We want to take a moment and give a
                                              reduce the frequency and severity     ticipating in these presentations.            special THANK YOU to the DENIO
Joanne Muscarella, ECMC Rehab                 of brain injury by as much as 75%     Ask to speak to Diana Landwehr,               FAMILY.
Nurse and supporter of Headway                                                      Director of Support and Advocacy
                                                                                    Services.                                     Year after year, event after event
Pamela Matter, who volunteered for
                                             A CONCUSSION IS MORE                                                                 they are there, Mr. and Mrs. Denio
many years at our events and fundraisers
                                               THAN JUST A BUMP                                                                   and their wonderful daughter Sarah.
Mary Pat Fitzpatrick, dedicated                                                                                                   Thank you Sarah and your wonderful
                                                 ON THE HEAD.
advocate for her brother, Jim.                                                                                                    Mom and Dad. Headway is grateful
                                                                                                                                  to you.

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  Fall 2008 at the tBI CluBhouse                                                                                           K        ate’s
                                                                                                                           2008 has been a very busy year for Head-
                                                                                                                                                                        SPEAKER SERIES
                                                                                                                                                                        FEATURES LEGAL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and has helped numerous others that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     have come from around the country to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     this clinic.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Headway has, to date, been able to
                                                                                                                           way. Along with having a new waiver,         PLANNING                                     keep our presentations free for Head-
  Thursday, September 4th – Get Reacquainted Night                                                                         we added to our staff to help us serve the   INFORMATION                                  way members, and at a low cost for the
  Come in and talk about summer highlights. Enjoy friends and snacks.                                                      participants in both the TBI and NHTD                                                     rest of the interested community, due
                                                                                                                           waivers.                                   Headway’s Speaker Series’ most recent          in part to the generosity of our pre-
  Thursday, September 18th – The Rhythm Maker                                                                                                                         presentation was a talk by Laurie              senters. Do you have a topic related to
                                                                                                                           Miranda Ward is the new Assistant          Menzies, Esq., Jamie M. Smith, Esq,
  Come enjoy a drum circle. It’s creative, fun, and helps relieve stress. A special guest will perform for us!                                                                                                       brain injury that you think may be of
                                                                                                                           RRDS for the TBI waiver. She has a B.S. of Pfalzgraf Beinhauer & Menzies law
                                                                                                                           in Therapeutic Recreation and is assisting firm, along with Tim Winterhalter,             interest? Do you know of someone in
  Thursday, October 2nd – Bowling Night                                                                                    David Giordano our lead RRDS for TBI. financial consultant of AG Edwards                  the area who might provide informa-
  Come bowl with your friends from the TBI Clubhouse. More info to come.                                                                                                                                             tion to the community in an important
                                                                                                                           Florika Miranda, RN is a Registered        & Sons, Inc., a division of Wachovia           area? Call the Headway office, drop us
  Thursday, October 16th – Spooky Movie Night                                                                              Nurse and Certified in Home Care and       Securities, titled Legal Planning for          a line or an email! We would like to
  Scary movies, popcorn, soda and treats! Wear your PJ’s!                                                                  Community Health and Wellness. She is Living with Disability.                             schedule talks that our members feel
                                                                                                                           working on the NHTD waiver.                This talk was packed with information,         are relevant and that impact their lives.
  Thursday, November 6th – Thanksgiving Preparation                                                                                                                     including facts on Health Care Prox-
                                                                                                                           Taheerh Hulett is the Assistant RRDS for
  We will be making centerpieces for our dinner. Put your skills and a special touch to our decorations.                                                                ies, Power of Attorney, and Long Term
                                                                                                                           the NHTD waiver. She has a B.A. in Psy-
                                                                                                                                                                        Care insurance. Members had the                “RECOGNIZING THE FACE
                                                                                                                           chology and will be assisting Ronald Fer-
  Thursday, November 20th – Thanksgiving Dinner                                                                                                                         chance to ask questions about income                IN THE MIRROR”
                                                                                                                           nandez, our Director of Waiver Services.
  We will be having a Thanksgiving Feast. A time to share our most thankful thoughts. More info to come.                                                                limits for Medicaid and how to estab-            Presented by Dr. Lisa Keenan
                                                                                                                           We welcome them and feel very fortu-         lish different types of trust funds which             October 23, 2008
  Thursday, December 4th – Help for the Holidays                                                                           nate to have three talented additions to     would affect a person’s eligibility. There         Check the slinger in this
  Bring a canned good item for the food pantry. We will also be making Xmas cards for Children’s Hospital, Roswell, etc.   our staff.                                   was discussion on how a person with                  newsletter for details.
                                                                                                                                                                        a disability being on Medicaid would
  Thursday, December 18th – Make a Pine Cone Ornament                                                                                                                   affect the income of a spouse, and
  Decorate with glitter, fake snow or paint. Take it home or use it for a gift.                                            CALSPAN SUPPORTS                             how money might be left to someone
                                                                                                                           HEADWAY                                      without impacting their Medicaid. The
                                                                                                                                                                        presenters were very helpful and stayed
                                                                                                                           A big thank you goes out to Calspan
                                                                                                                                                                        late responding to the many questions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HEADWAY AND
                                                                                                                           Corporation who “adopted” Headway
                                                                                                                                                                        and concerns that were posed. Many            THE CLUBHOUSE
                                                                                                                           as a charity project this year. Employees,
                                                                                                                                                                        thanks to Laurie, Jamie and Tim for           HOSTED A SUMMER
In 2008, the Brain Injury Association           FINANCIAL REPORT                                                           led in part by Nancy Ward, a long time
                                                                                                                           Headway volunteer, sponsored a series
                                                                                                                                                                        sharing their knowledge with us!              MONTE CARLO
of America is maintaining its posi-
tion as a leading voice advocating for
                                                                                                                           of fund raising events within the orga-      Other events in our Speaker Series this       PICNIC
                                                                                                                           nization, and collected money for items      past year included: Who Is This Per-
improved public policies related to                                                                                                                                                                                   The Annual summer picnic took
                                                                                                                           and supplies for Headway’s “Wish List”.      son? Emotional and Behavioral
brain injury on Capitol Hill. Advocates         Headway Annual Report                      Headway Annual Report
                                                                                                                           At the time of this printing, Headway        Changes after Brain Injury, presented         place on August 16th at Cheek-
achieved a major legislative “win” in           July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007              July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008
                                                                                                                           has received a beautiful and needed          by Lisa A. Keenan, Ph.D., Psychologist        towaga Town Park.
Congressional passage of TBI Act re-
                                                                                                                           table top folder which will come in very     with the Department of Rehabilitation
authorization legislation (H.R. 1418/S.         Persons   Served                           Persons   Served                                                                                                           Over 50 people attended and
                                                                                                                           handy for our mailings. Could you do         Medicine, ECMC. This talk was particu-
793). Ensuring reauthorization of the           195       Waiver Participants              214       Waiver Participants                                                                                              enjoyed picnic food and games of
                                                                                                                           this with your organization? Call            larly well attended, and we plan to ask
TBI Act was one of BIAA’s key legisla-          7,841      Calls Logged                    8,067      Calls Logged                                                                                                    chance. The beautiful day brought
                                                                                                                           the Headway office for ideas and             Dr. Keenan for a follow up presentation.
tive priorities this year. BIAA has also        19,162     Correspondence                  12,962     Correspondence                                                                                                  out some new folks we hadn’t seen
                                                8          Media Exposure                  21         Media Exposure       information!
made progress on its other key policy                                                                                                                                   Put Me In, Coach! A presentation              in a long time. This annual event
priorities for the year: 1) Preserving          99         Memberships                     136        Memberships                                                       on when and how to get back into              continues to grow with participa-
and increasing funding for federal TBI          264        Support Meetings                256        Support Meetings                                                  the game after concussion for parents,        tion each year which makes the
programs and research; 2) Monitor-              120        Special Events                  151        Special Events                                                    coaches, trainers, players and the com-       sponsors work worth the effort.
ing the implementation of Wounded               165        In Services                     437        In Services                                                       munity by Dr. Barry Willer from the           Thanks to all who helped make it a
Warrior legislation to improve TBI care         1,248      Health Fairs                    181        Health Fairs                                                      Concussion Clinic at the University           success.
for returning service members; and              367        Fundraisers                     804        Fundraisers                                                       of Buffalo. Dr. Willer was part of the
3) Achieving TRICARE coverage of                29,469    Total                            23,256    Total                                                              team that helped design a new type of
cognitive rehabilitation.                                                                                                                                               treatment that helped return Tim Con-
                                                                                                                                                                        nelly to the ice after his concussion,
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PUTTING THE                                                                      HEADWAY                                    est in working specifically with survivors     OUR OTHER ONGOING
                                                                                                                            of brain injury. Although she started          SUPPORT GROUPS INCLUDE:
“FUN” IN                                                                         OFFERS NEW                                 college as a speech therapy major, she de-
FUNDRAISING!                                                                     SUPPORT GROUP                              cided on a change to rehabilitation coun-      Peer Support: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of
                                                                                                                            seling, partly as a result of her experience   each month 6:30-8 P.M.
If you missed attending a Headway                                                YOUTH SUPPORT,                             with a significant brain injury at the age     Caregivers Support: 1st Tuesday of
fundraiser this year, you missed a good                                                                                     of 16. Her studies and her enthusiasm
time! Fundraisers produce not only                                               FoR aGes 16-26                                                                            each month, 6:30-8 P.M.
                                                                                                                            have led her to jobs with Aspire’s Tech-
important operating money for the                                                Among the opportunities offered through    nology Today program; as a counselor for       Life Support: (for those dually diag-
organization, but outreach to the com-                                           Headway of WNY is our support group        New Frontiers in TBI, and to be a mem-         nosed with a brain injury and a mental
munity, support and FUN!                                                         program, which has been at the core of     ber of the Board of Directors of Headway       health issue) 2nd Monday of each
                                                                                 our mission since Headway’s beginnings     of WNY! Molly realizes that the interests      month, 1-2:30 P.M.
September 2007 found us down at the
                                                                                 22 years ago. This year we are pleased     and concerns of younger people may
waterfront for our first annual Walk,                                                                                                                                      There is no charge to attend any sup-
                                                                                 to have a new offering of support, the     be best met in a support group of their
Run and Wheel. We were honored to                                                                                                                                          port meeting. All meet at the Headway
                                                                                 Youth Support Group. The Youth Sup-        peers, something that was brought home
have Mark Reed, a Buffalo Firefighter,                                                                                                                                     office. For further information on any
                                                                                 port Group will meet on the second         to her when she was injured at a young
recently released from the hospital and                                                                                                                                    support group meeting, please call the
                                                                                 Thursday of each month from 6:30-          age and there was no support group like
his wife Nancy as honorary chairs of                                                                                                                                       Headway office at 629-3636.
                                                                                 8 P.M. at the Headway office. This         this available for her. She volunteered to
this event. Mark’s parents, friends, and
                                                                                 group is facilitated by Molly Hayden-      facilitate this group which is specifically    See back page for more information.
co-workers (complete with fire engine!)
                                                                                 Saper. Molly has a Master’s degree in      for survivors of brain injury from the ages
were there to lend their support. We
                                                                                 Rehabilitation Counseling, and an inter-   of approximately 16-26.
thank all Headway supporters who par-        Walk, Run and Wheel
ticipated, and particularly Mark Shaw,
who won the prize for most sponsor-
ships, and Shana Davis, who was
runner up and was also featured in The
Downtowner magazine for her partici-
pation in this event. This year’s event is
tentatively planned for October 5, 2008                      Monte Carlo Night
and we hope you will be able to join us!
Our second annual Monte Carlo Night
was held on March 29, 2008. We again
cosponsored this event with the Ameri-
can Legion Post 567, a great bunch of
individuals. The food, games, and auction
were all fantastic. A particularly touch-
ing moment came as we paused with
the parents of Spc. Michael D. Hauser in
a moment of silence with prayers for his
recovery. The volunteer support from
both organizations was fantastic, and
we send a sincere thank you to all who
parked cars, cooked the food, stocked
the tables, ran the games, and did all
those things too numerous to mention.
This event was even bigger and better
than the year before, with numerous                                                                                                         “Along The Way”
mentions on television news. We hope,
with your help, to continue to grow!
                                                                                 The above drawing was done by one          Art school in Pittsburgh five years later.
We hope to further partner with the                                              of our survivors who has been helped       While in school, he suffered a brain
American Legion Post in this upcoming                                            by Diana and Headway. Chris was hit        bleed on his left side which has left
year to start a support group for return-                                        by a car when he was 15 years old. He      him with difficulties, but his creative
ing veterans with brain injuries and                                             was in a coma for three weeks. He          talent shines through.
their families.                                                                  recovered sufficiently enough to attend
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                                                                                                                                          JOIN US
   Want to talk with others with brain injuries, or other caregivers/family members                                                   FOR OUR ANNUAL
   but have difficulty attending one of our support groups? Try these on line sites! (no registration required) (must register) (must register) (must register) (must register) (must register) (public/ membership to post) (survivors of encephalitis and families) (must register) (must register) (must register) (must register) provides list of Listservs for (must register):
          TBI Survivors
          Caregivers of Children with Brain Injury
          High functioning and caregivers of those
          Caregivers of Spouses                                                                                                          october 5, 2008
          Caregivers of those in a Coma
                                                                                                                                      Join us for this family friendly event of (must register)
                                                                                                                                      walking, running and wheeling through (must register)                                                                               Buffalo’s dynamic waterfront. Celebrate (must register)                                                        life with survivors of traumatic brain
   The above information was compiled by Headway Board Member Dawn Radice-Neumann, Ph.D.                                              injuries, their families and friends. Walk
   Headway would like to congratulate Dr. Neumann for recently being awarded her doctorate                                            with us as we honor our veterans and
   in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Buffalo.                                                                            fire fighters and enjoy a picnic lunch
                                                                                                                                      with them. So grease up the hubs on
                                                                                                                                      the wheelchairs and be a part of our
                                                                                                                                      annual “Walk, Run & Wheel.”
NEW SUPPORT                               what can help and just knowing               ished or altered state of consciousness
GROUP FOR SERVICE                         you’re not alone, meeting others             resulting in impairment of cognitive           Look for the application in this news-
                                          who are faced with the same emo-             abilities and/or physical functioning.         letter and if you need more, check our
MEMBERS, VETERANS                         tional needs can be the first step           Veterans with TBI can’t always evaluate        web-site
AND THEIR FAMILIES                        to moving ahead and healing.                 what’s going on because some of the            or phone 629-3636.
                                                                                       symptoms of TBI and PTSD parallel
The Legion Post 567 in Orchard Park,      THE FIRST MEETING WILL BE                    each other. Someone diagnosed with
4226 North Buffalo Rd. along with              OCTOBER 22, 2008                        TBI can be at risk for losing their job,
Headway of WNY, Inc. has opened its             FROM 6:30 to 8:00                      income, and family support. Families
doors to our Service members,Veterans      AT THE LEGION POST 567.                     that advocate for treatment need to ob-
and their families to meet with each                                                   serve the individual as their input is a
other monthly and address the issues      Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)        critical part of the treatment. Families
they are having regarding their Post-     occurs when a person experiences an          are also at risk to develop anxiety and
Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic     event that is so outside the normal that     depression.
Brain Injuries, adjustment to civilian    it overwhelms the brain’s natural ability
and other disabilities.                   to cope.                                     For more information, please
                                                                                       phone our Headway office at
Bringing an awareness to individ-         Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an           629-3636.
uals and their families of who and        injury to the brain producing a dimin-
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After many wonderful years at Pettibo-
nes, we decided to change our venue
for our Annual Spring Fundraiser. We
chose Harry’s Harbour Place and took
advantage of Buffalo’s beautiful water-
And what an evening it was. The over
300 people who attended had a great
time dancing to live music from Davey-
O and Tom Foster, the All American DJ.
As usual, Chris and Beth outdid them-
selves with preparing over 100 auction
baskets and a long table of silent auc-
tion items from around the world. They
                                                                                                                                      MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS
also created a most unusual ‘lottery                                                                                          As a friend of Headway, are you inter-         that all appropriate needs of survivors    need a hand with recreational opportu-
ticket sail boat’ that was a very popular                                                                                     ested in doing more to help survivors          of brain injuries and other disabilities   nities for our members and families.
item. We took time to honor two retir-                                                                                        of brain injury and their families make        and their families in Western New York
ing Board Members, Jerry Piskor and                                                                                           a better life? While we all have the           are met.                                   Come on down and meet some more
Dawn Radice-Neumann, Phd.                                                                                                     ability to positively impact lives, the                                                   members and hear about us on Wednes-
                                                                                                                              key is taking the time to open our             Please consider joining us at an infor-    day, September 24, from 6-8p.m. at the
The food was ‘aplenty’ and the attend-                                                                                                                                       mal reception where we can share with      Headway office, 976 Delaware Avenue.
ees danced until well into the evening.                                                                                       eyes and notice those around us, to be
                                                                                                                              concerned about the quality of life for        you more of what Headway does, and         Please phone ahead is possible, ask any
The event was a great success through                                                                                                                                        how your volunteer efforts could be a      questions and let us know you will at-
the support of everyone and a highlight                                                                                       all citizens of Western New York. The
                                                                                                                              survivors of brain injury that we serve        part of it. As you find out more about     tend. Our phone number is 629-3636.
of the evening was the announcement                                                                                                                                          Headway you may choose to apply to         Refreshments will be served. Free
of a check of over $15,000.00 given to                                                                                        may have had a car accident, a skiing
                                                                                                                              injury, or an aneurysm, but whatever           be a member of the Board of Direc-         parking in rear of building, enter by
Headway by the employees of Redline                                                                                                                                          tors, help with fundraising, member-       ramp door. Meeting room is in lower
Recovery Services.                                                                                                            the cause, it is a life altering experience.
                                                                                                                                                                             ship, grant writing, mentoring, or work    level and an elevator is available. We
                                                                                                                              Headway of Western New York is a               on the newsletter. We need help with       look forward to speaking with you.
                                                                                                                              non-profit support agency, founded             routine office work, assistance with       Again, please phone 629-3636 by
                                                                                                                              in 1985. It was started as a grassroots        support groups, and with in-service        September 23 and let us know if
                                                                                                                              agency. We are devoted to ensuring             opportunities in the community. We         you will be attending.

                                                                                                                                                                        everyone can make
                                                                                                                                                                            a dif ference
 Headway’s Spring Fundraiser, ‘Head-
 way at the Harbour’ brought a won-
                                            survivor, wrote a very heart-warming
                                            letter about the affect a TBI has on a
                                                                                      tinued service to our community in
                                                                                      assisting those we love and care for.
                                                                                                                                                                      in the lives of someone
 derful surprise. The employees of          family. She gave the letter to her son-                                                                                      and your someone
 Redline Recovery Services chose
 Headway as their charity of choice
                                            in-law who works for Redline and he
                                            submitted it for consideration. You can
                                                                                                                                                                        is counting on you.
 during the months of February, March,      imagine our joy when we were in-
 and April 2008. This came about            formed of the gift. We are grateful to
 when one of our volunteers, Karen          the employees of Redline for their
 Tripp, whose brother Bill Warmis is a      generosity and recognizing our con-

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