Blistan attends Brain Injury Awareness Day at the State House

Published on Monday, March 26, 2012

 NJEA Sec. Treasurer Marie Blistan & Wally Kyle, Board Chairperson-Elect, Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey
NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan and Wally Kyle, Board Chairperson-Elect, Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, discuss programs available for victims of brain injury.
NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan attended Brain Injury Awareness Day at the State House earlier this month. Blistan is a trustee for the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ). She and other members of the public were on hand to discuss brain injury-related matters with legislators.

During the event, several members of the New Jersey Legislature were recognized for their efforts in creating brain injury prevention laws. BIANJ honored Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan and Senator Richard Codey for their leadership with regard to the concussion in youth sports law. Senators Tony Bucco and Joe Pennacchio and Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer were honored for their help in passing a law that requires children to wear helmets while skiing. 

Both Codey and Diegnan noted that increased awareness is already helping young athletes. “Just a few years ago a child who experienced a head trauma would be sent right back into the game,” Codey said.

 NJEA Sec. Treasurer Marie Blistan, Sen. Richard Cody & Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan
Blistan with Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan (right) and Senator Richard Codey (left) who were honored for their leadership with regard to the concussion in youth sports law.
“We need to help parents and educators understand the importance of measures that protect our children from danger and help those young people who have suffered a brain injury,” said Blistan, a special education teacher.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.

For more information about BIANJ, visit http://bianj.org/.

Related Articles


Bookmark and Share