Celebrating 13 Years of Mix & Mingle
TORONTO, March 13, 2017 /CNW/ - On June 14, 2017, the Steam Whistle Brewery in downtown Toronto will open its doors for the 13th annual Mix & Mingle reception benefitting the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) and the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA).
For the over 500 000 brain injury survivors across the province, fundraisers like the BIST/OBIA Mix & Mingle event – attended last year by close to 700 industry professionals and guests who collectively raised nearly $160 000 for the cause – represent a reinforced and expanded network of essential resources and an important step towards rebuilding lives after serious accident and injury.
"This event brings together professionals and service providers in the brain injury community," Mix & Mingle Chair Greg Neinstein explains, "supporting two fantastic organizations whose sole goal is to support those living with brain injuries."
As Managing Partner at Toronto firm Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers, Neinstein has seen firsthand the positive impacts that quality health care and benefits can create for individuals and families currently adjusting to a new and often difficult reality following acquired or traumatic brain injury, a life-altering condition directly affecting 18 000 Ontarians and 50 000 Canadians nationwide every year. In part, these shockingly high statistics reflect a more accurate understanding of concussion as a brain injury and its potential for long-term effects. Still, more individuals may not immediately recognize the signs of head trauma in themselves or their loved ones, since unlike the evidence of a cut or broken bone, symptoms such as persistent headaches, mood disturbances, and difficulties with concentration and communication can be frequently overlooked.
Today, there is no cure for brain injury, but there is hope. Fortunately, through knowledge comes the power of prevention; for example, according to OBIA, cyclists who choose to wear a helmet reduce their chances of sustaining debilitating brain injury by 88%. From the organization's early days over 30 years ago, OBIA – of which BIST is the Toronto chapter – has continued to deliver accessible educational programs, ongoing research and peer support for survivors, caregivers and families across the province and online. Every injury, and everyone, is unique, and the journey to recovery takes time. For providing steadfast advocacy, legal counsel and access to necessary medical and rehabilitative care, as well as contributions to the Mix & Mingle campaign, the OBIA ABI Conference and OBIA Review Magazine, Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers is a recipient of the OBIA Legal Fellowship Award.
This year's theme at the BIST/OBIA Mix & Mingle event is "Celebrating Partnership", with a spotlight on the professionals working together within the brain injury community as well as the generous donors who help make positive change a reality. June is Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada. Together, we can work to promote understanding and enhance the lives of all Canadians by taking a closer look at the "invisible disability" of brain injury:
- 1 in 26 Canadians are currently living with a brain injury
- Half of all acquired brain injuries result from motor vehicle accidents; 30 percent of all traumatic brain injuries will involve children and young adults
- Nearly one million dollars has been raised for brain injury research, education and advocacy since the partnership between BIST/OBIA and Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers began in 2010
- This event is likely to sell out; for tickets or sponsorship information, please visit OBIA.ca
About OBIA: The Ontario Brain Injury Association is a non-profit organization with a focus on awareness, education, and support for Ontario individuals and families affected by acquired brain injury.
About Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers: Helping Ontarians on the road to recovery for close to 50 years, this award-winning personal injury law firm ranks among the Top Ten in the country. Greg Neinstein has partnered with BIST/OBIA as Mix & Mingle Event Chair since 2010 with his colleagues, lawyer Erik Joffe and firm Director of Communications Ruth Fernandes, to serve as part of the fundraising Steering Committee.
SOURCE Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers
For further information: Greg Neinstein, Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers, 1-866-920-4242, [email protected]