Local Event Planned to Bring Awareness to Brain Injuries

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March is “Brain Injury Awareness Month” and at 8 p.m. on March 31st, all over the world, people will “Light Up The Heavens” with a simultaneous balloon launch and commemoration.

In Wheeling it will take place at Heritage Port, for the third year.

People are urged to arrive at 7:30 p.m. to get prepared for the 8 p.m. LED balloon launch.

In Wheeling, it’s led by Bob Bernardi, a brain injury survivor since a car accident in 1992.

“Unfortunately it happens too many times in our go-go-go society, from athletic accidents to car accidents to even people having strokes,” said Bernardi.

“People don’t understand the changes that the family and the survivor goes through, therefore it makes a complete life changing event for the family as well as the survivor,” added Bob’s wife Charlene Bernardi.

The Bernardi’s are also hosting a gathering with refreshments afterward, in the community room in the Windsor Manor Apartments.

Anyone planning on attending is urged to call 304-233-4650.

Last year it drew 40 people, and they’re hoping to see more this year.

They say most people don’t understand the long-term nature of traumatic brain injury, and how survivors can still have problems years later.

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