BIANC Meets with Governor McCrory
Governor Pat McCrory hosted advocates from the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina, survivors of brain injuries and families at the Executive Mansion today to raise awareness of brain injuries in North Carolina. More than 200,000 people in North Carolina are living with the effects of a brain injury due to numerous causes including military service, sports accidents, car crashes, or assaults.
“A traumatic brain injury can happen to anyone at any time,” said Governor McCrory. “We need to be sure people are aware of how to protect their brains, while supporting all those impacted by a brain injury.”
Governor McCrory proclaimed March as “Brain Injury Awareness Month” in North Carolina. The proclamation highlights the prevalence of brain injuries due to falls, car crashes, assaults, military service, and sports. It is estimated that as many as 3.8 million concussions occur in the U.S. per year during competitive sports and recreational activities, with 30% of sports-related brain injuries happening among youth between ages five and 19.