Raisin Hope Foundation

Raisin' hope for survivors of traumatic brain and spinal cord injury

A place for people to raise awareness and support for survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury and those who support them

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When Saul awoke from his coma, he told his friends and family that if ever lived a normal life again, he would devote himself to helping others get through what he did. Thus began the Raisin Hope Foundation. This site is dedicated to helping others who, like Saul, are recovering from TBI, or like Saul's parents, are helping someone else recover. We welcome and encourage you to join this site and post your story, ask questions or share info on the forum to help others affected by TBI.

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Debra Sunderland replied to Saul Raisin's discussion Fighting Depression after a Brain Injury!!!!
"I agree. Woking out helps a lot. Some times my brain just shuts down and I cannot think when I am on overload or stress. I can't even say much when that happens--some friends do not understand this and that is hard to explain what is happening."
Tuesday
Saul Raisin replied to Saul Raisin's discussion Fighting Depression after a Brain Injury!!!!
"I sometimes suffer from anxiety too; it is important to find someone that you can talk to when you feel like things are falling apart. Holding things in get you no where. Exercise helps me the most during hard times; sets my mind free..."
Tuesday
Frank Hoppen replied to Saul Raisin's discussion Fighting Depression after a Brain Injury!!!!
"Riding a bike is very helpful, We did  a 30 miles MTB bike ride with 5000 ft of climbing in the mountains and I had smiles from ear to ear. Maybe that was also from breathing hard..... I felt really happy. I just came back from my doc and we…"
Monday
Sigourney A Walker replied to Saul Raisin's discussion Fighting Depression after a Brain Injury!!!!
"Lately, my anxiety is almost on a schedule. Between 10pm and 2am (Recent migraines have been affecting my sleep). Most often, it's about cleaning. When I'm not feeling well, my apartment becomes messy (to me). After an hour I was able to…"
Monday
Debra Sunderland replied to Saul Raisin's discussion Fighting Depression after a Brain Injury!!!!
"Hi, I feel like I struggle more with anxiety. And then my brain shutting down. Does anyone experience this? Thank you."
Monday
Vera Coats Wolfe replied to Saul Raisin's discussion Fighting Depression after a Brain Injury!!!!
"Just do something physical, work on a project for example: garden, painting a picture, build something, and etc. Even if it is something you have never done it helps you focus away from your depression."
Monday
Andrea Vellinga posted a status
"As far as my Tbi since 2011 it helps to think of the amazing and truly awesome things that have happened because of my I jury that would not"
Monday
David Demery replied to Saul Raisin's discussion Fighting Depression after a Brain Injury!!!!
"Draw and Sketch cars because I hope to get as good as I can at this and someday be a car designer.  Also the other thing I do is ride the bike because that brings me so much joy.  Plus keep close with family.  "
Sunday
 

The Raisin Hope Foundation is a 501C3

Saul Raisin: Raisin Hope

On April 4, 2006, at the age of 23, I crashed in a professional bicycle race. The subsequent effects led me to endure a coma, substantial bodily damage, and a traumatic brain injury. My outlook was bleak. Medical professionals did not know if I would survive, and if I did, what kind of life I would lead. Miraculously I awoke from my coma only to enter a world full of doubt and uncertainty. Now recovered, I have created the Raisin Hope Foundation to help transform hope into knowledge. My goal is threefold:

  1. Raise funding to support brain injury research
  2. Connect individuals and families whose lives have been affected by a brain injury with support and information regarding medical, physical, and emotional recovery
  3. Promote public awareness and understanding of people with disability as a result of brain injury.

As a professional cyclist I was known for Raisin Hell, now as a brain injury survivor I ask you to please join me on my quest. It is my dream that, together, we can be known for Raisin Hope for individuals and families affected by brain injuries.

-Saul

Forum

Fighting Depression after a Brain Injury!!!! 8 Replies

Started by Saul Raisin. Last reply by Debra Sunderland on Tuesday.

Donate $2 for Raisin Hope Fundraiser

Started by Saul Raisin Nov 17.

Pardon, say again....? 1 Reply

Started by Frank Hoppen. Last reply by Saul Raisin Nov 15.

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A little about me and my injury...

Hi, 

Bare with me as I try to get this information on here without it sounding all jumbled. My memories of the events are still difficult to deal with, and still fuzzy.

My name is SPC Brian Dean and I am a Combat Medic with the CA Army National Guard. In June of 2010, while deployed to the remote area of Musa-Khel in the Khost province of Afghanistan, my platoon came under mortar fire from unknown locations. While at first the incoming didn't seem to be of any…

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Posted by Brian Dean on October 14, 2012 at 7:51pm — 3 Comments

Alleghany Highlands Cycling Festival

Come ride with me @ the Alleghany Highlands Cycling Festival to raise awareness and money to fight brain injuries.

http://www.sport-vista.com.prod.ngin.com/page/show/155645-alleghany-gran-fondo-july-10-2010

The Gran Fondo is a great challenge and on some of the most beautiful roads in the world.

Posted by Saul Raisin on June 27, 2012 at 6:36pm

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Online Donations!!

The Raisin Hope Foundation has the ability to accept donations ONLINE! Help Saul and his Raisin Hope Foundation raise money to support organizations that help TBI patients and families through research, counseling, therapy, awareness and general support. To Donate, click on the "Donate" button in the Raisin Hope! donation box on the right or left column of this site (also in the left column of the old site). This will take you to a secure site for payment run by PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to donate, it will accept Visa, MasterCard, AmericanExpress, and DiscoverCard credit or debit accounts as well. Donations are tax deductible as the Raisin Hope Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit (consult your tax adviser for details), and you will get an automated receipt when you donate.
 
 
 

The Raisin Hope Foundation is a 501C3

The Raisin Hope Foundation is a 501C3

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