The annual Friends of Hope camp for adults with brain injuries is set for this Saturday. The day-long camp will be at Southside Baptist Church, 3500 South Park Avenue in Denison and is open to all brain injury survivors and their caregivers, as well as anyone wishing to volunteer. Activities will include games, singing, eating, laughing and fellowship with old and new friends.

The annual Friends of Hope camp for adults with brain injuries is set for this Saturday. The day-long camp will be at Southside Baptist Church, 3500 South Park Avenue in Denison and is open to all brain injury survivors and their caregivers, as well as anyone wishing to volunteer. Activities will include games, singing, eating, laughing and fellowship with old and new friends.

The camp’s creation was the dream of Dr. Mary Carlile who was the director of traumatic brain injury team at the Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation. The goal for the camp is to travel to local places of worship and share with the community the dreams and hopes of traumatic brain injury survivors. This year, the camp coincides with Brain Injury Awareness month. It is sponsored locally by the Pilot Club of Grayson County in conjunction with the help of Baylor Rehabilitation and Southside Baptist Church.

For more information, contact Barbara Booth at 903-891-3500.

Brain Injury Facts

Per the Brain Injury Association of America:

• 2.4 million people, including 475,000 children, sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States each year.

• 53 million individuals live with life-long disability as a result of a TBI.• Each year, 52,000 people will die, 275,000 people will be hospitalized and 1.365 million people will be treated and released from an emergency department due to a TBI.• TbIs are caused by: falls - 35 percent; car crashes - 17 percent; workplace accideents - 16 percent; assaults - 10 percent; and other causes - 21 percent.• TBI is a contributing factor to 30.5 percent of all injury-related deaths in the United States.• About 75 percent of TBIs that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild TBI.• According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, direct medical costs and indirect costs of TBI, such as lost productivity, total an estimated $76.3 billion each year.• The average hospital-based acute rehabilitation for TBI is about $8,000 per day.• The range for post-acute residential for a TBI survivor is about $850 to $2,500 per day.• Day treatment programs (i.e., 4 hours of therapy) for a TBI survivor are about $600 to $1,000 with no room or board included.