Traumatic Brain Injury Service in West Tennessee provides unparalleled assistance to those surviving brain injury and their families.The Ride for Your Mind Bike Ride is the primary fundraising event to provide financial support for those activities, to heighten awareness about the prevalence and effects of brain injury and to promote prevention of further brain injuries. Begun in 2004, Ride for Your Mind is a volunteer driven event to be held Saturday, October 13, 2012 beginning at The Peddler Bike Shop located at 2095 Exeter Road in Germantown, Tennessee.
Ride for Your Mind offers 22 and 62-mile routes through Germantown and the scenic beauty of Herb Parsons Lake. The routes are well supported with food and drink before and during, with rest stops every 10-12 miles. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. and the ride begins at 8:00 a.m. SAG support ends at noon. T-shirts are available for those who pre-register online at www.memphishightailers.com and cyclists may register the day of the event.
“Participants will be eligible to win a bike helmet. Research tells us that 85 percent of cyclists’ brain injuries can be prevented by wearing a properly-fitted helmet. It is the single most effective protection against brain injury,” says Carolyn Chambers, TBI Service Coordinator.
Regional Medical Center at Memphis receives a grant from the Tennessee Department of Health Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program with the purpose of providing services for children and adults with traumatic brain injury; providing information; making referrals to services and agencies; assisting consumers in applying for and accessing services; advocacy; support group development; and the development of new programs and activities. Last year more than 1,000 TBI survivors and their loved ones participated in support group events hosted by Traumatic Brain Injury Services at Regional Medical Center at Memphis.
“Funds from Ride for Your Mind will be used to further efforts in advocacy, education, prevention, research and provide for opportunities for respite and social activities,” said Chambers.
Traumatic Brain Injury Services works with individuals of all ages, and referrals to this free service can be made by the brain injury survivor, a family member or caregiver, rehabilitation facility, or any other affiliated professional in the community. Added benefits of all the outstanding services offered include Brain Injury Survivor I.D. Cards for individuals with TBI, comprehensive training to direct care staff and professionals working in brain injury, education conferences, workshops, TBI Professional Update newsletter and safety and injury prevention initiatives.
To ride in or volunteer for the event, please contact Carolyn Chambers, TBI Service Coordinator at (901) 545-8487.