The Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City (BIAKS) serves the Kansas City metro and state of Kansas offering services for survivors, loved ones, professionals and the general community on brain injury awareness, education support and prevention. We are here to be the “Voice of Brain Injury.”
What is Traumatic Brain Injury
and Who is At Risk?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) describe traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a serious public health problem. 1 in 10 individuals will be touched by brain injury at some point in their life and annually 2.5 million people sustain a TBI. Currently, more than 5.3 million children and adults in the U.S. live with a lifelong disability as a result of a TBI, described as a jolt, bump or blow to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. Falls are the leading cause of a TBI in children and older adults. TBI can happen to anyone at any time.
Brain injury has gained national recognition with the increasing number of soldiers returning from combat who have sustained TBI as a result of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) used in the recent conflicts. There also is a greater understanding that sports-related concussions are serious injuries and have possible detrimental long term effects, if not treated properly. There is still a long way to go as brain injury can be misdiagnosed and misunderstood.
Symptoms of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries are diagnosed as mild, moderate or severe. Symptoms of mild TBI (the most common at 75% of all injuries) include dizziness, blurred vision, headaches, loss of memory, trouble sleeping and agitation. Symptoms and side effects vary from person to person depending on the type of injury and its severity.
The 30th Annual Amy Thompson
Run for Brain Injury
Each year, BIAKS sponsors the Amy Thompson Run for Brain Injury (ATR). On Memorial Day, May 29th, the ATR will celebrate its 30th year. More than 1,800 runners and walkers will gather at the starting line in Loose Park to raise funds for BIAKS.
A Kansas City Tradition
The Amy Thompson Run for Brain Injury has become an annual tradition for many Kansas City families. Thompson, a Kansas City native, was shot in the head on Halloween night in 1986 at the age of 23. She spent more than three years fighting to live each day to the fullest and died Christmas night in 1989. The event was started by her friends and is now the major fundraiser for BIAKS.
Register, Donate or Volunteer!
The annual event has raised well over $2 million for the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City since its inception. The proceeds are used to fund programs to support brain injury survivors and their families. Please go to www.amythompsonrun.org to register, donate or volunteer. For more information on BIAKS, please visit www.biaks.org.
The 2017 Honoree: Zeke Crozier
Each year, the run honors a survivor whose story serves as an inspiration to others. The 2017 honoree is Zeke Crozier. A crew chief in the Army at the time of his injury, Zeke was gravely wounded when his helicopter went down in Afghanistan in 2011. Zeke’s injuries were life threatening and included a traumatic brain injury, broken bones and severe bruising. He has made a remarkable recovery, but still battles Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and diminished muscle capacity. Nonetheless, Zeke is driven to become as self-sufficient as possible and has built a unique new business, Handy-Cappin,’ using bottle caps as a medium for his unique art work.
To help us celebrate 30 years of this great event, BIAKS also will recognize all of our past honorees.