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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David Demery replied to Saul Raisin's discussion Sleeping problems...
"I don't usually have problems getting to sleep but after waking up to use the restroom I find it harder to get back to sleep."
Frank Hoppen replied to Saul Raisin's discussion Sleeping problems...
"I was tired all day and night. The first 1 1/12 years after TBI in 2012 it was from the broken parts (14 bones) and brain, the docs said. Then Depression got so much I either wanted to end life or take meds. We changed those and from being tired I…"
Andrea Vellinga replied to Saul Raisin's discussion Sleeping problems...
"Are you reading my traumatic injured mind Saul?!! Ha! I sleep horrible! My mind wakes up mid night!! I've sent people emails between 2-5am! But then I'm tired all day! Ugh! Hate it!! Especially Christmas coming I get in panic mode I…"
Yvonne Raisin replied to Saul Raisin's discussion Sleeping problems...
"Getting a regular going to sleep time and getting up time helps too! "
Timothy Arnold replied to Saul Raisin's discussion Sleeping problems...
"Saul,   this had been my worst lingering issue from my TBI.   My injury was Aug 2009, I had a really hard time with sleep. Ive never had any real solution.  It also didn't help that Dr's have played around with various drugs…"
Rose Renee Gaskins left a comment for Saul Raisin
"Yea ever since my TBI 13 years ago I have always had trouble sleeping. For the past couple of years I have been taking every night over-the-counter Advil PM. It helps me a time of falling asleep and staying asleep. I just pray that it is not doing…"
Randy Smargiassi replied to Saul Raisin's discussion Sleeping problems...
"For many years, execise was very helpful; when sleep becomes difficult I take 3mg Melatonin at bedtime."
Saul Raisin's discussion was featured

Sleeping problems...

Has anyone had problems with sleeping too much or not getting a good night's sleep? If so, how did you fight these problems?

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.



Sleeping problems... 6 Replies

Started by Saul Raisin. Last reply by David Demery on Friday.

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

Started by Saul Raisin. Last reply by Debra Sunderland Nov 24.

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Started by Saul Raisin Nov 17.


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A little about me and my injury...


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…


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.


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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The RaisinHope foundation is a Nonprofit 501C3.

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Raisin Hope Foundation,
2101 Coventry, Dalton, Ga 30720 USA



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