Walk for Brain Injury Comes to Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara’s first Walk for Brain Injury will be held on April 6 at Leadbetter Beach. The walk will start at 10 a.m. and is open to all ages and abilities. The Brain Injury Association of California’s Walk for Brain Injury is now in its 6th year, and the walk is being held in cities across California from March 2 to May 5. Fortunately, Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center has teamed up with BIACAL to bring the walk to Santa Barbara.

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Founded in 1994, Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center is a non-profit that helps brain injury survivors recover and reconnect with their community. The organization provides members with therapeutic activities such as yoga, tai chi, peer support groups, art classes, and more; and links families and survivors to information, resources, and education.

This event is extremely important to Jodi House. They hope that this walk will raise awareness about brain injury in general, as well as the services that the support center provides to the Santa Barbara community.

The walk’s coordinator, Hannah Jacobs, explains that although reception has been positive so far, the city of Santa Barbara hosts so many runs and walks each year that it has been difficult to make this one stand out. She hopes that the promotion through Facebook, Twitter, and local businesses will get the message to the community. Check out and “like” the Jodi House Facebook page here.

Many people do not know just how prevalent brain injuries are. Jacobs explains, “About 1.7 million people sustain a brain injury each year in the United States. Of those, there are an estimated 5,000 people living with a brain injury in Santa Barbara alone.”

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The event is open to all ages and abilities, and participants may enter the 1 mile walk or theinformal 5K run. Accommodations will be made for wheelchair users. Participants can register as individuals or as part of a team, and can raise funds on the registration site. Jacobs encourages schools, business, and clubs to form teams as a competitive and fun challenge. The Jodi House team, comprised of members, staff, and volunteers, will be present on race day, and have already raised over $2,000.

In addition to the run and walk, Leadbetter Beach will be lined with food trucks and local exhibitors. There will also be music, children’s activities, and a raffle, including the grand prize of a one-night stay at the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort. Local businesses and organizations are also invited to exhibit during the event. Business interested in this opportunity should contact Hannah Jacobs.

Sponsors of the event include Citrix Online, Sansum Clinic, McGowan Guntermann, BissellChiropractic Sports Medicine, USAA, and Center for Neuro Skills.

To register for the walk, click here * or contact Hannah Jacobs at hannah@jodihouse.org.

*Online registration ends April 5th.

Other statewide walks can be found here

For more information about Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center, call 805-563-2822, or visitwww.jodihouse.org.

For more information about the Brain Injury Association of California, visit biacal.org

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Megan Gibbs

Megan is a senior at UCSB studying Communication and Spanish. When she's not in class or working at the Alumni Association, she is often performing with her a cappella group, baking cupcakes, or soaking up the sun on the beautiful beaches of Isla Vista!
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