EDGE Award 2011 - BrainLine

In April 2011, BrainLine won an EDGE Award from the Association for Public Television Stations. These awards are presented annually to public televistion stations that use digital technology, groundbreaking partnerships, and educational technologies to deliver innovative services to their communities.

[brainline.org, A service of WETA] [preventing, treating, and living with traumatic brain injury, A service of WETA] It's the signature injury of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We had gone on our patrol. We got hit with a massive, massive bomb. I was lying on the ground. I had blood all over my face. And I said, "Oh, my God, oh, my God, oh, my God." Boom. They never really told us the extent of the injuries. We didn't find out until much later that a piece of shrapnel went through his face and came out right below his eye and shattered his face. There's just all this craziness—he's in a coma, just overwhelming news. And at home, brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for people between 15 and 35 from car crashes, falls, and sports injuries. It happens in an instant. I remember trying to make a drop pass to one of my teammates who was cutting behind me and just at the last second I looked up and that was it. It wasn't until later that I found out that the player who hit me was 6'6", 235. And the only part of my body that was hit was my head. And I'd lost my helmet and my forehead had slapped off the ice. In just a moment, a brain injury can change everything— our ability to think, to work, to remember, and to connect with family and friends. Brainline offers information, expert advice, and a chance to be heard. Brainline is funded by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center through a contract with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. [WETA Washington, D.C.]
Posted on BrainLine May 9, 2011.

Produced by Ashley Gilleland and Noel Gunther, BrainLine. Jason Poole footage from David L. Brown Productions and Epic Way Sports, "Going the Distance." Used with permission. "Going the Distance" is a 26-minute work-in-progress. Learn more about the project and the final documentary: http://www.goingthedistance.info