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Bancroft Carolyn With Family

 

Bancroft Carolyn With Family -Carolyn Musser of Voorhees, N.J., enjoys a moment with family members, after giving a speech about the challenges and triumphs she’s faced from her traumatic brain injury. She spoke during “Bancroft Unplugged,” an event held by Bancroft Brain Injury Services in Cherry Hill, N.J., to mark Brain Injury Awareness Month in March.

 

 

Cherry Hill, N.J. – March 29, 2012 – Carolyn Musser was just 14 when she was hit by a car while horseback riding on a rural South Jersey road in 1985, resulting in a severe brain injury.

 

Recently, the Voorhees, N.J., resident spoke of her ongoing rehabilitation, the progress she’s made and the challenges she still faces at an annual event by Bancroft Brain Injury Services in Cherry Hill, N.J. 

 

Held to mark Brain Injury Awareness Month, the “Bancroft Unplugged” event featured inspiring speeches by Musser and four other local survivors of brain injury.

 

Each spoke of varying challenges – from losing the ability to walk and talk, to severe memory loss – and how Bancroft has helped them progress toward their goals.

 

“I have lived in five group homes [and] have become more and more independent,” said Musser to a rapt audience of 100-plus relatives, friends and Bancroft employees. Today, the spunky brunette volunteers five days a week at Lighthouse Hospice and uses Access Link vehicles to go “just about anywhere you could think of.”

 

“I don’t let anything interfere with my goals,” added Musser, who has received rehabilitation and support from Bancroft for 17 years. “Never stop trying,” she advised others with brain injuries. “With time and love, [you] will heal.”

 

Remarked Bancroft’s Cynthia Boyer, Ph.D., the program’s clinical head: “Anyone can sustain a traumatic brain injury at any time, anywhere,” noting such causes as falls, car crashes, sports hits and crime.

 

With 1.7 million brain injuries occurring annually in the United States, Bancroft hopes to raise awareness about both prevention and treatment, Boyer explained.

 

For more information, visit www.bancroft.org.

 

About Bancroft Brain Injury Services

 

Bancroft Brain Injury Services helps people with acquired brain injuries live more fulfilling and productive lives in the community through a wide range of therapeutic, vocational, residential, outpatient and in-home services. Begun in 1991 as one of the first programs of its kind in the region, Bancroft Brain Injury Services is a division of Haddonfield, N.J.-based Bancroft, a leading nonprofit service-provider for people with neurological disabilities.

 

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