Voice Mail: 405-698-2403
How often do you get the chance to present the members of your organization with opportunities for which would prepare them for life after college? It doesn’t matter the major that your members have because everyone needs to know about and understand what a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is. But with TBI Raiders not only do you get the opportunity to help increase what is known about Traumatic Brain Injury and help improve the lives of those living with a Traumatic Brain Injury, but you will be able to help with advocating, communicate with state or congressional leaders for Oklahoma, build a newsletter, maintain websites, build up and create videos for the YouTube account, help build a scholarship for students living with a Traumatic Brain Injury or other countless number of opportunities. This is very important to me that the students in college become involved in this. Please allow me to explain why.
Besides being the executive director of TBI Raiders, I have lived with a left-right Traumatic Brain Injury which I sustained on November 22, 1997 after I had been broadsided at sixty miles per hour on the driver’s side. To make a long story short, I want to give back and help students achieve success like I have in my recovery and since then. In 2002 I developed TBI Raiders while I was attending Rose State College. I developed it to be an online club for students who had sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury. Needless to say it has grown into so much more since then. For survivors TBI Raiders would be the supportive network of their peers, whether they are fellow survivors or fellow college students.
Having a strong supportive network is a must to survive college and I can attest for this. When I started attending college I had been living with a severe Traumatic Brain Injury for less than two years. In my first two years I had six falls on campus and too many close calls to going back to the emergency room. But I was able to survive attending Rose State because of my friends who like me were student leaders. The coolest thing for me was being able to do the lower half of the R.O.P.E.S. course my second year at Rose on the student leadership retreat. Nobody on my team was asking what I couldn’t do but rather asking what they needed to do to help me.
I believe that is what we should all be asking ourselves. What is it that we need to do to help Traumatic Brain Injury survivors succeed not just in their recovery but once they re-enter the community and return to being around others that know them. We are quick to assume the worst because not enough is known about the brain. But you should believe this survivor who has lived nearly half of her life with a severe Traumatic Brain Injury, when I say that by becoming involved in TBI Raiders, not only will students get ready for the workforce and be able to excel in the classroom, but will be able to help make this state a leader in the nation with how TBI survivors are helped while in their recovery and once they return to school.
I am trying to build a student organization on college campuses across Oklahoma for TBI Raiders. If you would like me to come speak to your class or student organization please let me know. I only ask to be reimbursed for the gas mileage and would take donations for the speaking engagement. Besides building up a student organization for TBI Raiders, I am also trying to build a scholarship through the profits made from the online store for those, who’ve sustained a traumatic brain injury, who want to either enter college or continue on with their education. Below are the web links for the online stores and the TBI Raiders ‘Online City’.
Online Stores –
http://www.zazzle.com/volunteersandmembers … http://www.cafepress.com/membersoftbiraiders … http://www.cafepress.com/tbiraidersands2v … http://www.cafepress.com/alliesmotivations … http://www.zazzle.com/angeldance http://tbiraiders.logosoftwear.com/
TBI Raiders Online City –
ATBI’s Corner - http://atbiscorner.yolasite.com Official TBI Raiders Website - http://tbiraiders.yolasite.com Members of TBI Raiders http://raidersmembers.yolasite.com Survived to Vote - Raiders News - http://raidersnews.yolasite.com
TBI Raiders Message Board – http://www.setbb.com/tbiraiders
TBI Raiders Voice Mail: 405-698-2403
Tweet TBI Raiders @TBIRaiders
I hope you will take the opportunity to engage your students in this wonderful and exciting opportunity! It is important to note that this is also a virtual opportunity. The students do not need to worry about driving to Stillwater since this is also a virtual opportunity and will be scheduling meetings via our online chat room or through the teleconference number the organization has. Please encourage them to take part in this and help make Oklahoma a leader in how Traumatic Brain Injury survivors are helped once they have sustained the disability!
Alicia (Payne) Murie, Executive Director of TBI Raiders
Rose State Alum, Health Physical Education and Recreation major
Member, National Youth Leadership Network
Member, Oklahoma Self-Advocacy Network
Member, Traumatic Brain Injury-Resource Optimization Center Advisory Panel (TBI-ROC)