Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky

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Local board created to help serve people affected by brain injuries

By Special to The Sun

The Brian Injury Alliance of Kentucky (BIAK) has formed the South Central Kentucky Board in Marion County. Since 1986, the BIAK has been serving those affected by brain injury through advocacy, education, prevention, outreach and connection resources. In recent times, BIAK has expanded its services to any acquired brain injury including accidents, aneurysms, trauma and tumors. BIAK has also extended its reach to Veterans returning from overseas deployment who may have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury while serving our country.

The local board is one of three in the state of Kentucky. The purpose of the local board is to raise awareness about the prevalence and devastating effects of brain injuries, support individuals with brain injuries and their families, advocate for legislation, educate our communities and to promote prevention. The south central local board will cover surrounding counties, including Marion, Washington, Taylor, Adair and Green. The goal of the board is to prevent as many brain injuries as possible and to serve as many people affected by brain injury as possible.

Bob O’Daniel of Lebanon currently serves as president of the local board. O’Daniel, the father of a brain injury recipient, is a brain injury activist and serves on the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky Executive Board. Other board members include President-elect Terra Lackey of Modern Care, Secretary Ann Mason Tatum of Communicare, and Treasurer Justin Farr of St. Catharine College. Also serving include Dr. Diane Thomas of Lebanon Pediatrics, Linda Hunter, RN, CCRN, DNP of Spring View Hospital, and Dana Garrett, RN, BSN of Taylor County Regional Hospital.

The South Central Kentucky Board members will begin to provide educational resources, support and assistance to all of those who have been affected by brain injuries. Local board members welcome all to join in on the cause and become more involved with the BAIK.

For more information, please visit www.biak.us and join in the fight to prevent and support those suffering from brain injuries within our communities.