HARRISBURG (October 17, 2018) –  State Senator Andy Dinniman was recently honored for his work on behalf of Pennsylvanians with traumatic and acquired brain injuries.

“We have a duty and a moral obligation to assist the most vulnerable members of our communities. In Pennsylvania, we’ve made strides in preventing brain injuries and other severe injuries and helping survivors recover to the fullest of their abilities,” Dinniman said. “Still, there is more work to be done and I encourage volunteers and members of the brain injury community to continue to advocate, lobby, and make their voices heard as we work together for positive change.”

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Dinniman was honored with an award in recognition of his ongoing advocacy and legislative support as co-chair of the Senate Brain Injury Caucus. In addition, the group honored fellow co-chair, Senator Steward Greenleaf, who is retiring at the end of this legislative session.

Dinniman helped organize a rally, legislative meetings, panel discussion and reception in Harrisburg that included officials from the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, the Brain Injury Resource Line, Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital, RESTART Your Life/RENEW Your Mind, the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association, and Bryn Mawr Rehab.

“I want to thank all the brain injury survivors for coming to the state capitol and sharing their powerful and inspirational stories of survival, especially Kevin McDonald and Melissa Carmen who took the lead in planning the day’s events,” Dinniman said.

According to the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, 529,000 Pennsylvanians are living with acquired brain injury and 98,000 suffer new traumatic brain injuries each year.

 

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