Middle School Students Support Brain Injury Research at MCW
A group of eighth graders from Norway Middle School in Muskego will donate the proceeds of two fundraisers to brain injury research at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) on Monday, April 15, at 12:00 p.m.
The students became aware of the impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion when a ten-year old sibling was injured. Each year, an estimated 3.8 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI is a contributing factor to a third of all injury-related deaths in the United States. More than three-quarters of the TBI’s that occur are concussions or other forms of mild TBI, and many may go undiagnosed.
“Traumatic brain injury is a major public health problem that often leads to significant impairment and disability,” said Michael McCrea, PhD, professor of neurosurgery and neurology and director of brain injury research at MCW. “Research that furthers understanding of brain trauma is key in improving outcomes for those affected by TBI and developing effective injury prevention strategies.”
The four students who organized the fundraisers will be presenting a check for $450 at MCW on Monday, April 15. The students will also tour the campus and meet TBI researchers at MCW. Media are welcome to attend.