Since coming to the General Assembly in 2009, I have learned that the best ideas frequently come courtesy of our friends and neighbors here at home. The various concerns facing residents of the 20th District are often indicative of the challenges being confronted by our citizens statewide. Recently, a local organization brought one such issue to my attention. BrainSong, located in Zanesville, has grown into a leading advocate for women that have been affected by Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Founded by Micah Jones, a woman who suffered from a TBI when she was struck by a drunk driver on July 9, 2004, the organization assists in providing care and support for individuals and families affected by TBI. In addition, the nonprofit group coordinates a variety of efforts involving outreach and education. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 3.2 million Americans live each day affected by Traumatic Brain Injury. Those same statistics show that nearly 119,000 of those struggling with these injuries reside in Ohio. Individuals and families impacted by TBI quickly learn that any road to recovery is a long and difficult one and that various forms of support are often needed. Over the summer, advocates from BrainSong came to me with an idea to increase brain injury awareness throughout our state. Thanks to their help, as well as that of the Brain Injury Association of Ohio, I have introduced legislation that will make July 9 of each year "Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Day" in Ohio. In considering the thousands of Ohioans combating TBI on a daily basis, I find a measure of this kind to be long overdue. Through her advocacy and resolve, Micah has become a true testament to the extraordinary things a person can accomplish when faced with daunting circumstances. In commemorating her work, we will be recognizing all those who share in her experience. If you wish to find out more about Micah's efforts, please visit, BrainSong: The Micah Jones Foundation, at For other information regarding brain injury advocacy in Ohio, you can visit the Brain Injury Association of Ohio's website at
Senator Troy Balderson represents Ohio's 20 Senate District which covers Athens, Coshocton, Guernsey, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble and Washington Counties th
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