Scientific Advisory Panel
Janice E. Brunstrom, MD
Director of the Pediatric
Neurology Cerebral Palsy Center
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Neville Hogan, PhD
Robotic Assisted therapy
Michael V. Johnston, M.D.
Senior Vice President and
Chief Medical Officer
Kennedy Krieger Institute
Doug Kondziolka, MD
U of Pittsburgh
Dennis Matthews, MD
Chair and Medical Director
Denver Children's Hospital
Mike Merzenich, PhD
Associate Professor of
Rehabilitation Medicine and
Jonathan Mink, M.D.,Ph.D.
Chief of Pediatric Neurology
University of Rochester,
Terry Sanger, MD, PhD
Pediatric Movement Disorders
Stanford Medical Center
Marsha Seltzer, PhD
Director of the Weisman Center
U of Wisconsin, Madison
Clive Svendsen, PhD
Director of Stem Cell research
U of Wisconsin, Madison
Ed Taub, PhD
CI Therapy
U of Alabama
Esther Thelen, PhD
Professor of Psychology
University of Indiana
Bev Ulrich, PhD
Dean of Division of Kinesiology
U of Michigan
Nathan Urban, PhD
Carnegie Mellon University


  September 9, 2003

Dear { }

"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." - Kathy Davis

There is no doubt, that those of us who enter the world of parenthood do so with dreams of plenty for our children. But, what happens if pre-natal prematurity hits; a uterus ruptures; a medical mishap occurs, or as they grow, a near drowning? These are but a few of the traumatic events that cause brain injuries in our children-events that today stand the chance of compromising those dreams.

We are the parents of these children with brain injuries. You recognize them quickly, their gait, their speech, their chairs. They are labeled mentally retarded, cerebral palsied, spastic or epileptic. And, even without these labels, face a journey filled with daily roadblocks.

BRIGHT - BRain Injury Group - Hope through Treatment, is a non-profit organization that has been set up to help these children.

Our Mission is to accelerate brain injury medical research so that our children can benefit in their lifetime. BRIGHT is a multinational gathering of families that refuses to accept the conventional view that science cannot be hurried. We believe that treatment breakthroughs can be achieved by creating an environment in which researchers can share information openly; by giving scientists adequate, prompt financing and by driving continuous interaction and accountability. In effect, we have created an "Apollo Space Program" for the children. Only our Vision is to not step foot on the Moon, but rather, a Vision that every parent can relate to, "to watch our children dance at their own weddings".

Our current Scientific Board consists of 15 doctors and scientists from world-renowned institutions such as MIT, Stanford and John Hopkins to name just a few. Their specialties range from Neurology to Rehabilitation to Robotics. Right now, they have many exciting treatment possibilities for the children that require nothing more than adequate funding to take them out of the laboratory into the clinics.

This is where you can help, no gift is too small. Our children's needs are real.

Please take a moment to make a convenient credit card donation on our secured server at Or, if you wish to send in a donation, please mail a check to: BRIGHT, 870 Larkspur Dr., Brookfield, WI 53045.

Annual Memberships:

Family  - $30.00 Professional $100.00 Student $10.00

Monthly Sponsorships:

Platinum $200.00 Gold $100.00 Silver $50.00  Bronze $10.00

In addition to membership or sponsorship, please consider getting involved personally. Please check all that interests you, and we will contact you with details of how you can help.

Donate my time Donate used clothing Donate Used Car or Boat Shop On-line for BRIGHT
Lead local fundraising Start a local Chapter Contact my congressman
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Matt Palaszynski 

 Founder and President, BRIGHT