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I hope everyone is having a great summer!

2010 Brain Injury Awareness Month
First and foremost, I want to thank all the community members who worked so hard to create awareness to the general public about Acquired Brain Injury from Newfoundland and Labrador to Vancouver Island. One could write a book on all the good things that went on this past month.
Thank YOU to one and all!!

2010 Brain Injury Association of Canada Conference
It has been a busy few weeks but I do want to touch on a few things as the summer season progresses.I know that our conference is just around the corner. Take a look at our great list of BIAC conference speakers and our program and please register.

BrainStormRIDE – Cross Canada Ride to Create Awareness about ABI and to Raise Funds
Brad Cownden is heading towards Barrie, Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario. One can follow Brad by following his blog. Do download Brad’s Updated Itinerary which is attached to this e-mail to findout where he will be in the next few weeks. With good weather he should remain on schedule. Donations to the BrainStormRide to BIAC can be made through THE BRAINSTORMRIDE Website.

Thank you to all the people who have opened their homes and campgrounds to Brad along the way. He has appreciated everyone’s generosity!!

July 13th, 2010 Blog Entry from Brad Cownden
If there was a day on this trip that was quintessentialy “summer,” today would have been the day. Sure, it was hot, but there was a gentle breeze for the majority of the day. The blue sky was dotted with the occasional puffy white cloud, and the real sign that summer had finally come to northern Ontario: lots of road construction. That’s a little joke I’ve picked up from locals of Ontario and I thought I’d throw it in for good measure. Seriously though, it was a great summer day for riding and there
was lots of fresh asphalt to make my job easy.

I had to keep a fairly close eye on my time today, as I had confirmed an interview with Adam Sterling of CFAX 1070 live for his 3.10 pm show. Not that it imposed a huge deadline, but I wanted to be ready. The options for stopping were few and far between, so timing my stop at 6 pm my time was something I kept in mind all day. In fact, there were no opportunities for a meal break for the first 85 km today. So from Sudbury to French River I relied on the water I brought with me and the snacks I always have ready.

The real tough part was finding some shade to take the edge off the heat. The food didn’t bother me nearly as much as the total lack of escape from the sun. I made it to French River for a snack and a rest by 3.30, the highlight of which was the appearance of a giant blue bear mascot. That part was a bit confusing, but the bear was certainly polite enough.

At the end of the day I found myself at the River Haven Resort and Campground, and what a haven it was! I met the incredibly accommodating hosts, Doug, Beth and Jason, who graciously let me camp here for no charge. As if that wasn’t enough, they even had me over for a great dinner and a cold drink. I would like to express my gratitude to River Haven for the support (including legendary french toast in the morning!) they’ve given me.

I had another great interview with Adam from CFAX on his 3 pm show. Well, great for me at least as he’s always a great host and is very dedicated to the brainStormRIDE. Even before I left Adam has been an advocate for the ride by repeatedly inviting me on his show, and now he coordinates a live interview from the road! Thanks Adam, and I look forward to talking to you soon with the sound of the Atlantic in the background.

I’m really looking forward to the next week or so because I’ve been in constant contact with members of the Brain Injury Association of Canada who have put in tremendous effort to prepare for my arrival. In Barrie, Barb Butler will once again be my host and my PR department, connecting me with local media there. I’m looking forward to my scheduled rest stop in Barrie as I think there might be a lawn chair beside a lake waiting for me. After Barrie I’ll head straight to Toronto in one day where I’ll meet Howard and Madeline of BIAC, as well as some survivors. Thanks for all your hard work BIAC members, and I’m pedaling as fast as I can!

July 12 2010: Of all the things I though I would confront today, the savage and torrential rain that hit outside of Sudbury was not one of them. Last night as I crawled into my tent I noticed the sky darkening and was surprised when the rain didn’t come overnight. This morning the air was thick and the sky was dark but by one o’clock when the rain hadn’t come, I thought I was out of imminent danger. After all, the 115 km that had initially separated me from Sudbury had melted into a mere 65 km by the time noon had rolled around. Sure, rain was threatening but with only three hours of riding left in the day I thought that luck might be on my side. How naïve of me!

No sooner had I finished my lunch break than the rain started. I had left my bag covers on all day in case of rain, and now I was able to throw on my jacket and keep moving. I’m so prepared, I thought to myself. Look at how well I’ve adapted to life on the road. But then it really started to rain, and the measly preparations and the inflated sense of preparedness soon disappeared. The rain became heavier and heavier, and by the time I decided to pull over and don the rest of my rain gear, it was all but pointless to do so. The water streamed down the road and turned the shoulder into a river. Spray from the passing trucks blinded my left eye and my shoes filled with water almost instantly. I haven’t experienced that kind of rain since my ride into Chiliwack on the second day of the ride.

The result of the weather was that the moisture from the rain was evaporated up off the hot pavement to create the lightning and thunder that followed. Over the next two and a half hours I kept my eyes and ears peeled to the lightning and tried to make some headway in the relentless rain. At one point when I was about 15 km outside of Sudbury, the rain was so heavy and so constant that I actually inquired to the sky “Can’t you rain harder than that?!” Obviously, the answer was yes. After 120 minutes of rain, it was over as soon as it started. Soaked, but not defeated, I made it in to Sudbury where I’ll spend tonight.

Read Brad’s Blog

There is still a lot to do to educate all Canadians about the Silent Epidemic – Acquired Brain Injury

CFL Alumni Association and the Brain Injury Association of Canada Announce Partnership during Brain Injury Awareness Month
Leo Ezerins, Executive Director of the CFL Alumni Association and Harry Zarins, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Canada are pleased to announce a partnership between both associations. The partnership is a culmination of discussions, that will see BIAC support the alumni in creating awareness about mild Traumatic Brain Injuries and Brain Injuries and act as an information portal for alumni to access. Through our provincial and grassroot associations, the CFL Alumni and their families will have a network of support systems when required to deal with those suffering from acquired brain injuries. This is a relationship that will grow stronger as we progress over the next few months.

Vacation Web and Office Operations
Our Webmaster will be on holidays from July 23 to August 9, 2010 and the Office will be closed from July 21 – August 3, 2010. I will be checking e-mail and picking up phone messages when and where possible.