SOURCE: Brain Injury Association of Michigan

September 13, 2007 14:25 ET

ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff to Speak at the Brain Injury Association of Michigan State Conference

Woodruff to Be Among Three Keynote Speakers

BRIGHTON, MI--(Marketwire - September 13, 2007) - ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff will speak at the Brain Injury Association of Michigan's (BIAMI) 27th Annual State Conference at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Mich., on Friday, September 28. Set to begin at 3:15 p.m., Woodruff's hour-long presentation entitled, "Turning my Personal Injury into Public Inquiry," will focus on his journey from surviving a traumatic brain injury (TBI) to becoming a nationally recognized activist for TBI awareness and prevention.

Woodruff, a native of Michigan, sustained a TBI in January 2006 while on assignment in Iraq when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. His injury is exemplary of the injuries sustained by thousands of United States military service members in the current wars. Woodruff's presence at this year's BIAMI State Conference reinforces his commitment to educate Americans about the challenging reality of recovery from a TBI and what life is like for a new recruit to the ranks of TBI survivors.

The largest conference on brain injury in the U.S., the BIAMI State Conference offers educational sessions for TBI survivors and their families as well as allied health-care professionals who work in the field of TBI. The Conference is designed to provide those who have been affected by TBI, both survivors and caregivers, with information on the most leading-edge brain injury treatment and therapies. Attendees will have access to a wealth of knowledge, information, and services for TBI survivors through workshops sessions that address the complex aspects of living with a TBI and exhibits by professionals in the brain injury field.

In addition to the sessions, the conference will offer two other keynote sessions. Brigadier General Carol Ann Fausone of the United States Air Force will address the importance of providing optimal care to veterans returning with TBI through the enhanced collaboration of the Defense Department, private care facilities, and the communities in which the veterans live. Motivational speaker Tim Richardson of Total Development Resources, Inc., will offer inspiration for TBI survivors and their families by encouraging them to reach beyond the physical world and embrace other highly valuable, opportunities.

Conference pre-registration must be post-marked by September 17 and mailed to the Brain Injury Association of Michigan at 8619 W. Grand River Ave., Suite I, Brighton, Mich., 48116. Walk-in registrations are not guaranteed. A non-conference ticket to the Woodruff speech on Friday afternoon can be purchased on-site for $15. To view conference registration fees, or for more information please visit or call 810.229.5880.

About the Brain Injury Association of Michigan

The Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) was founded in 1981 by family members, persons with brain injury and persons in the brain injury profession. At the time, brain injuries were largely misunderstood and services for those affected were hard to find. In the years since its inception, much progress has been made in treating brain injuries, and the BIAMI has expanded its focus to include prevention programs. The BIAMI's mission is to enhance the lives of those affected by brain injury through education, advocacy, research and local support groups and to reduce the incidence of brain injury through prevention.

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