2013 Brain Injury Report Out Day, Richmond, VA

On Friday, 7/26/13, Zel and Rachel travelled to Richmond for the “Brain Injury Report Out Day” sponsored by DARS and the Virginia Brain Injury Council. This day provides a forum for exchanging information and making interagency connections to strengthen the statewide network of services for people with brain injury.

Zel enjoying an elegant lunch – very impressive for government rate!!

This year’s focus was on the risk and impact of sports concussion on young athletes and we learned some SCARY stuff about sports concussions and traumatic encephalopathy. It was even worth that hour and a half of sitting in traffic on the way home!

Zel and keynote speaker Chris Nowinski.

Zel and keynote speaker Chris Nowinski.

Rachel was fascinated with the bowls of moss at the Westin Hotel.

 

 

Rachel and her name tag.

Rachel and her name tag.

Zel and Dr. Aravitch checking out a lung and a brain as they discuss anoxic brain injury!!

Zel and Dr. Aravitch checking out a lung and a brain as they discuss anoxic brain injury!!

Chris Nowinski, former WWE wrestler and co-founder and president of the Sports Legacy Institute, signing our copy of the "Head Games" documentary.

Chris Nowinski, former WWE wrestler and co-founder and president of the Sports Legacy Institute, signing our copy of the “Head Games” documentary.

07/26/2013 Friday Blogging-Amy, Brandon, David, Jackie and Beth with Suzie

"Zel looks happy to see the girls work!"-  Amy

“Zel looks so happy to see the girls work!”- Amy       Thank you so much Youth Works for coming to clean up our yard!

"Surprise! Surprise!  It is blueberry time!! :)"  - Amy

“Surprise! Surprise! It is blueberry time!! :)” – Amy

"Go, Brandon Go!!  Go on with your bad self!  "-  Amy“Go, Brandon Go!! Go on with your bad self! “- Amy

Brandon and Logan (from youth works) enjoying a good book.  "You know Brandon loves his bugs!"-  Amy

Brandon and Logan (from Youth Works) enjoying a good book. “You know Brandon loves his bugs!”- Amy

Amy giving some love to the youth works group!  Amy is always our social butterfly!  :)

Amy giving some love to the Youth Works group! Amy is always our social butterfly! 🙂

"Oh, buggy boy!!" - Amy

“Oh, buggy boy!!” – Amy

"String bean, string bean where are your peeps!"- Amy

“String bean, string bean where are your peeps?!”- Amy

Friday Blogging by Amy with Rachel & Sherry

It was time to say goodbye to our C.O.T.A. (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant) Intern, Cheryl Comstock-Williams. Cheryl. it's time to go! God bless!

It was time to say goodbye to our C.O.T.A. (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant) Intern, Cheryl Comstock-Williams. Cheryl. it’s time to go! God bless!

But first she helped set up our new cash register for us - thanks Cheryl!! Zel's got it now!

But first she helped set up our new cash register for us – thanks Cheryl!! Zel’s got it now!

Chery's father-in-law and his friends came and played genuine bluegrass music for us - it was awesome!! Come back soon please!

Cheryl’s father-in-law, Lynn Williams, and his friends Ray Tate and Tommy Wescott came and played genuine bluegrass music for us – it was awesome!! Come back soon please!

Mr. Parks came to see us, here he is with Matt. Still lookin' good, keep up the good work, come back again ya hear!

Mr. Parks came to see us, here he is with Matt. Still lookin’ good, keep up the good work, come back again ya hear!

Our newest member D.J. with Amy and some of this week's wonderful Youthworks volunteers - work on girls with your bad selves!

Our newest member D.J. with Amy and some of this week’s wonderful Youthworks volunteers – work on girls with your bad selves! Woo-woo!!

The Youthworks Crew leader and Matt in their matching shades - who's who??

The Youthworks Crew leader and Matt in their matching shades – who’s who??

07/12/13 Friday Blogging Zel with Suzie

Amy crushing pecans for zucchini bread! " It is gonna be good! "- Zel

Amy crushing pecans for zucchini bread! ” It is gonna be good! “- Zel

We baked and packaged Zucchini bread for the "Dash for Hope" dinner at the Onancock UMC!

We baked and packaged Zucchini bread for the “Dash for Hope” community meal at the Onancock Market Street UMC!!

Zucchini bread all ready to go to the "Dash of Hope" dinner!  "Hope they enjoy it because i know we did!"  Zel

Zucchini bread all ready to go to the “Dash of Hope” dinner! “Hope they enjoy it because i know we did!” -Zel

Youth work came and cut our grass!!  What a big help!!  We really appreciate it!!

Youth works  came and cut our grass!! What a big help!! We really appreciate it!!

Youth Works again here doing some yard work!  They place looks great!!  "Hope they come back!!"- Zel

Youth Works  doing some yard work!  ” The place  really looks great!! Hope they come back!!”- Zel

It started to rain as they were leaving and Zel held the umbrella for the ladies!

It started to rain as they were leaving and Zel held the umbrella for the ladies!

Happy Birthday, Maggie!

Happy Birthday, Maggie!  Hope you had a great day!!  🙂

Our sunflowers are growing so tall   "Love having them around they are so cheerful!"- Zel

Our sunflowers are growing so tall “Love having them around they are so cheerful!”- Zel