With the first anniversary of Bart’s death approaching, we wanted to reach out and thank you again for your commitment to our cause. Despite the pain we carry in our hearts, we are truly grateful for the many years we had with our beloved son.
The outpouring of support we’ve received throughout the months has been a blessing. Please know that your emails, messages, and cards provide great comfort. Our objective in starting the BART Foundation many years ago was to exponentially increase awareness of alternative therapies among brain injury survivors, caregivers, and healthcare practitioners. We promise that Bart’s life and legacy will continue to help and inspire families and individuals in the TBI/ABI community. He was ever so proud of the Foundation, never missing a chance to spread its message of realistic hope for survivors.
As we begin a new year, our board continues researching and promoting safe, alternative therapies and the medical professionals who advocate for their use in the United States. Our Alternative Therapies for Brain Injury Survivors Webinar recently featured a talk by Anita Saltmarche, a thought leader in the emerging field of photobiomodulation (light therapies). A recording of her enlightening presentation is available on our website. https://www.thebartfoundation.org/media/
In addition to the six safe alternative therapies we currently endorse, we are also investigating the research involving branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) therapy. BCAA supplements have traditionally been used by those seeking to increase athletic performance. BCAAs are safe and naturally occurring, and reviews of current clinical trials suggest that their use may improve outcomes for TBI/ABI survivors. More studies are needed, but this is an emerging therapy worth keeping on our watch list.
We continue to promote the BART Foundation’s Barlean’s Oil Scholarship, which helps put Omega-3 oil into the hands of brain injury survivors who could not otherwise afford it. This program, launched in 2016, is the first (and possibly only) of its kind. https://www.thebartfoundation.org/barleans-oils-partnership-announcement/
Your love and support have always been a boon to us. Thank you, and Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.
Your sister and brother in brain injury,
Dayle and Joel
As a 501(c)(3) educational charity, we hope you consider making a tax-deductible contribution. The BART Foundation maintains Guidestar’s Gold Level Seal of Transparency. Guidestar is the premier organization assessing and rating charities, and the Gold Seal Level is only given to the top ranking 1%. We are proud of this distinction, and the confidence donors have expressed in our leadership. Donations may be made by check, credit card, or PayPal. https://www.thebartfoundation.org/donate/