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'Acres' Hopes to Bring National Focus on Muskego

Acres of Hope and Aspirations invites U.S. Navy Captain/NASA astronaut, Mark Kelly & Gabrielle Giffords who sustained a brain injury to visit their rehab home/farm.

The silent epidemic of brain injury changes, alters or takes a life every 19 seconds.

Acres of Hope and Aspirations, a rehab home/farm located in Muskego, knows firsthand the sacrifices entailed in the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury and is hoping to gain some national exposure for Muskego. We will be attending the Association of Rehab Nurses Educational Conference in Nashville, TN, where U.S. Navy Captain and astronaut Mark Kelly is the keynote speaker.  Kelly is married to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head last year, and underwent her own rehab to recover.  An invite will be extended for Captain Kelly and Gabby to visit Acres of Hope and Aspirations in Spring/Summer 2013. 

The cognitive, physical, emotional, neurobehavioral, social and financial changes following a brain injury can become permanent consequences for individuals, leaving hardships on families and taxpayers with much burden to take care of many people who can no longer take care of themselves and no longer work, drive or live independently. 

Brain injury is the signature war wound of both Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. The nation became more aware of brain injury following the IED explosion in the early onset of the Iraq War that left Bob Woodruff, TV news anchor with a brain injury.  Again, the nation focused on brain injury during the mass shooting in Arizona in 2011 when Giffords was shot in the head.

Both Woodruff and Giffords have lived with the brain injury and with remarkable recoveries following extensive medical care provided to them. Both remained in the media's eye following their traumatic brain injuries and recovery.  These public figures had access to medical care that many patients never have or will receive due to lack of healthcare reimbursement for extensive rehab services and long term medical care.

Fox News had interviewed one of our patients who was also shot in the head in the Iraq War following the shooting of Giffords in 2011. He has lived 6 years with the bullet in his brain and survived 11 surgeries and 8 infections. Muskego Patch also wrote about Winlom Woods's brain injury shortly after Giffords being shot in the head.

Acres of Hope and Aspirations provides hope, healing and rehab nursing to the "average joe" with little to no celebrity status or endorsement.  But each patient, veteran, child, family is treated with utmost respect and given support, care management and advocacy. Every failed try is an opportunity for success. The Gardens of Hope provided a beautiful and therapeutic environment while the Creatures of Rehab provide nurturing, love and comfort. The animals serve as cognitive and vocational teaching tools both for individuals and families affected by brain injury and for children and families at schools, Boy and Girl Scouts, 4-H, churches and community events. 

The only cure for brain injury is prevention so education and awareness to protect the head is key.  Acres of Hope and Aspirations is run by rehabilitation nurses with a mission to make a difference and over abundant passion to make achievements and accomplishments possible. 

With hope and the right kind of rehabilitation and nursing care, miracles are possible and results can happen. Acres of Hope and Aspirations can attest to many successes no matter how small for patients and families.  Let's hope Acres of Hope and Aspirations can have a positive outcome for attendance at the ARN conference and bring some national exposure and connections to Muskego.

Acres of Hope and Aspirations is always looking for volunteers and donations to help feed the Creatures of Rehab and build the Gardens of Hope.  Our wish list is on our donation page on our website.  Donations are tax deductible as we are a 501(c)3 tax exempt charity. Any questions, please contact us at 414-422-4882.  

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