Brain injury occurs suddenly, without warning. In an instant life is changed, forever.
Ben Fanelli knows this first hand. And that is why he teamed up with the Kitchener Rangers to start Head Strong; Fanelli 4 Brain Injury Awareness: a program designed to raise awareness about brain injuries.
Through Head Strong, Ben will participate in community events throughout Ontario with the goal of increasing awareness for brain injuries and brain injuries in sport. “A concussion is a brain injury now and is common in my sport, hockey,” Ben states. “I want to make it known that there is a way to help.”
Since its launch in March 2011, Head Strong has experienced a tremendous amount of support and has garnered praise and recognition from some of the biggest names in the sports industry including Don Cherry.
“It’s absolutely amazing to feel the support,” Ben said. “I can’t even find words to describe it. The respect I feel and the adrenaline it gives me pushes me to work harder.”
On June 5, 2011, Ben participated in the Subaru Triathlon Series in Milton, Ontario where he finished the race in a time of 2:04:42. The triathlon, which was a first for Ben, had over 500 participants. Ben finished among the top 350.
The Kitchener Rangers and Ben Fanelli would like to express their gratitude to all those who have helped support Head Strong.
MAKE A DONATION TODAY!
All monetary donations directly benefit the Brain Injury Association of Canada.
If you wish to contribute to the cause, please send a cheque to Kitchener Rangers, c/o Head Strong – Michelle Fortin, 400 East Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario, N2H 1Z6.
Please make cheques payable to Kitchener Rangers/Head Strong. Tax receipts are issued directly from the BIAC. To make a donation online, please visit the BIAC website and click the TO DONATE box in the top left corner of the screen. Enter the amount you wish to donate in the required field and choose HEAD STRONG as your designation for the donation.
The Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC)
The BIAC helps to improve the quality of life for all Canadians affected by acquired brain injury and promote its prevention. BIAC is dedicated to facilitate post-trauma research, education and advocacy in partnership with national, provincial/territorial and regional associations and other stakeholders.
For more information on the BIAC, please visit their website here.
For more information on Head Strong, please contact Michelle Fortin, Director of Public Relations for the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your consideration in supporting this community initiative.
SUPPORT HEAD STRONG AT THESE UPCOMING EVENTS!
Hometown Hockey Body Checking Clinic
For a complete listing of events, please visit the Kitchener Rangers Calendar here.
Follow Head Strong on Twitter: @BF4HeadStrong
Head Strong; Fanelli 4 Brain Injury Awareness, is a program created by Ben Fanelli and the Kitchener Rangers Hockey Club to raise awareness about brain injuries.