No Limits Eastern Shore is sorry to announce the passing of longtime disability rights advocate Marylin Copeland of Norfolk, VA. Among the many roles she held in her lifetime of service was that of Regional Coordinator for the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, serving the Tidewater area, and through her work with BIAV she came to be a friend to the brain injury survivor community of the Eastern Shore.
Marylin retired from brain injury services several years ago and was continuing her advocacy with the Norfolk Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-Norfolk). She was perhaps best known for her powerful advocacy work on behalf of Pam Brown, a brain injury survivor know as “the Hula Hoop Lady” who was tazed by police near Wards Corner, but her efforts on behalf of survivors of brain injury went well beyond that single case. She was a tireless resource for problem-solving and disability rights and her assistance in the early years of the No Limits brain injury day program was invaluable.
Rest in peace, Marylin, and thank you for your service. Her full obituary can be found here : marylin-obituary
Another successful Brain Injury Awareness Day has come and gone! Each year on brain Injury Awareness Day No Limits sends a team of staff and members to the VA General Assembly in Richmond, VA to visit with the Delegates and Senators to ask for continued support for brain injury services! For the 2nd year in a row we made dog treats for ALL of the Delegates and Senators (that is over 300 treats folks)! Thank you to the Brain Injury Association of Virginia for hosting this special day! Please keep reading to view our pictures from this year’s Brain Injury Awareness Day trip.
Charlene is a wonderful lady and we think she does great work in the Democratic Republic of Congo! We would like to thank her so much for always coming to see us when she is able. We love hearing her speak about the wonderful things she does. Check out some video clips below so that you may hear our awesome friend Charlene speak as well!
In this video hear Charlene discuss the soap making industry where she lives in the Congo!
This is a continuation of Charlene discussing the soap making industry.
We especially like this video because Charlene describes making a walker for someone in need from scrap metal materials. Brandon says “It is awesome that they reused the metal – it’s recycling!”
In this video clip Charlene shares stories about other missionaries that she works with in the Congo, the politics of Africa, and about her pet cat named “Sweetie”!
Charlene explains the excitement of cars being seen in the Congo! Brandon thinks it’s really good that so many people were interested in seeing a car for the first time – he says, “If they were not interested they would not have gone and may not have learned about the church!”
In this last clip Charlene is singing a hymn in Swahili. We think it is so cool that she can sing in another language!
Thank you again for everything that you do Charlene! You are a role model and we love to see you!