Bowlers Aim to Strike at Brain Injuries

By Emily Dwire

April 13, 2013 Updated Apr 13, 2013 at 7:12 PM EDT

Every 18.5 seconds, someone suffers from a brain injury. In fact, 1.7 million Americans are currently living with a brain injury.

A large group gathered Saturday afternoon at Westwood Lanes for "Bowling for Brain Injuries." Indiana was chosen as one of five states to kick off this inaugural fundraiser. Fort Wayne was a chosen city, along with Indianapolis, because of the large support groups it has.

The event aims to raise money for the advancement of brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education.

A board member of the Brain Injury Association of Indiana, Kristin Smith, says a brain injury can affect every aspect of one's life, from emotions and feelings, to motor skills. And she says brain injuries are such a big problem because it can happen to anyone.

Smith says babies can get a brain injury from Shaken Baby Syndrome, a high school athlete can suffer one from having a concussion, and even senior citizens who fall and hit their head may suffer.

Nebraska was the first state to host a "Bowling for Brain Injury" event. The state raised about $34,000, and Smith says Indiana wants to up that and raise nearly $36,000.

If you would like to join a support group or get involved, you can visit BIAUSA.org.

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