This year marks both the 5th anniversary of the Journey of Hope Gala and the Association’
Raj K. Narayan, MD, FACS, Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and Director of the Cushing Neuroscience Institute will receive the Champion of Hope Award. Eliette Markhbein, Visual Artist, M.S., M.A., CDAT, Founder, The TBI Portraits Project – a partnership with the Brain Injury Association of America and the Society for the Arts Healthcare; Founder, The Therapeutic Arts Program for Neurological Rehabilitation, Mount Sinai Medical Center will receive the Victory Award. Rosemarie diSalvo and Bradley Van Nostrand are the Gala Chairs.
Every 23 seconds, another person in the United States sustains a brain injury. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that at least 3.2 million Americans are currently living with long term disabilities from a traumatic brain injury. In fact, TBI is the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, impacting at least one in five of the military personnel involved in these wars. Since 1982, the Brain Injury Association of New York State has provided vital services that lead to improved outcomes for children and adults with brain injuries and their families. Through outreach, support, advocacy, and education, the Association improves the quality of life for individuals with brain injury and their families. At the same time, because the best cure for brain injury is prevention, educate the public about brain injury prevention. Working with our chapters and support groups, volunteer Board of Directors, members, and staff, we are ready to help solve a problem, make a connection, access a service, or just talk. All of these supports are provided free-of-charge.
For further information on the Gala, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact Mitchell Manning Associates at (212) 980-1711, journeyofhopegala@