- 21 August 2013
- by Gabrielle Simmons
Did you know brain injuries affect nearly 4 million people? When adversity strikes, Bailey Ehasz finds her way to overcome it in the most positive way possible. Bailey was hit by a motor vehicle while crossing the street in a crosswalk and suffered from a traumatic brain injury and numerous fractures. As a result, she was forced to relearn everything that she once knew.
After recovering, she decided to make it her duty to spread awareness about traumatic brain injury through social media and school. She also volunteers at ABIN (Acquired brain injury network). She volunteered alongside her mom, Dawn, representing the ABIN at a health fair in our county. She said, “At the health fair, we provided information about TBI prevention and distributed educational resources to the public." At school, she hands out flyers and TBI bracelets and even produced a small video that is on YouTube during TBI awareness month.
As a result, she was interviewed by her school newspaper and did a PSA which was aired on CITV. She and her mother also administer a Facebook support group called “TBI Survivors & Caregivers Support for Teens and Adults,” where they deliver comfort and share stories with people who are being affected by TBI. During the summer, she is volunteering at "The Well," their local food bank where she restocks and does other tasks. She also has been a part of the Special Olympics where she participates in different events. She has plans to become more involved with the BIAA (Brain Injury Association of America where she desires to be a guest speaker at one of their annual conferences.
Her mother, Dawn, volunteers in with some of the same organizations as Bailey. Dawn has seen her daughter gain more self-confidence and for all people. Bailey said, “As a teenager, I feel giving back to your community can provide a strong moral value and a valuable insight into the world around us. It also gives us the opportunity to experience a great appreciation for others, gaining insight as well as empathy. I encourage other teenagers to become involved in volunteering in their community to allow for personal growth and broader community awareness.”