Annual Kitsap Brain Injury event to be virtual in September

Annual Kitsap Brain Injury event to be virtual in September

Event sheds light on people living with traumatic brain injuries and how to cope with it

Kitsap Brain Injury, the nonprofit organization that falls under the umbrella of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington, recently announced that its annual Walk, Run and Roll for Thought event will be held virtually via Zoom in September due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, the annual event was held at Lions Park in Bremerton, where guest speakers and local elected officials, such as Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler, provided their insights and experiences with traumatic brain injuries. Locally, the organization offers support groups in Silverdale and Bremerton for affected individuals to discuss their common experiences and explore coping strategies.

The support groups date back to 1987 in Kitsap County under the leadership of Dr. Sherwood Young, whose vision was to “create environments and situations for survivors and their families to better understand the effects and behaviors of brain injury, as well as to help individuals construct a new normal,” according to the organization’s website.

This year’s focal presenter will be Cheryl Green, a multimedia digital artist, captioner, audio describer and a member-owner at New Day Films. According to the nonprofit’s website, Green brings her lived experience with multiple invisible disabilities to create media that explores politically and culturally engaged stories from across disability communities. Her audio and written blog, transcribed podcast and documentary films can be found at WhoAmIToStopIt.com. Green also reported and produced one episode for season 2 of the documentary podcast “70 Million.”

The Zoom event will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 10 Registration will be open Aug. 14 through Sept. 7 at kitsapbraininjury.org.

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