November 27, 2018


#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that celebrates generosity by providing people everywhere with an opportunity to give more, give smarter and give great. It’s about ordinary people coming together doing extraordinary things.

This year, BIANJ is fundraising for an incredibly crucial program, BIANJ CARES.

BIANJ CARES was developed to support individuals and families impacted by brain injury. This program focuses on collaborating to assess current needs and develop a plan to help achieve their greatest potential and increase quality of life.


Shango is a 22-year old male who was involved in a motor vehicle crash last December on his way home from work. He was attending Montclair State University part time studying illustration. Shango spent six months at an acute rehab and was transferred to a long term sub-acute program close to his family. While he has made progress in his therapies, he continues to be in a minimally conscious state. Shango’s family reached out to BIANJ CARES seeking support and assistance with advocating for their son’s care, as they felt the facility was not familiar with young brain injury cases. BIANJ met several times with Shango and his family to provide emotional support and participate in medical meetings with treatment staff. BIANJ initiated and organized an in-service to train staff, resulting in more appropriate care. Shango has since received more functional equipment, which has enabled him to leave his hospital room. In addition to advocacy and education, we have linked Shango with the Reilly Fund, a private fund available to BIANJ clients, which is helping to pay for his physical, occupational and speech therapies as he has exhausted his insurance benefits for these services. The family was paying out of pocket so this is helping relieve some of their financial pressures. His family is tremendously grateful to the program as well the Musicant Family Brain Trust. The family reports that the most helpful benefit of the CARES program has been emotional support. Last month, Shango celebrated his birthday, out of his room, with friends and family surrounding him. Pictured below is Shango with his mother, Faith.


The Brian Quick Memorial Fund

Brian Quick was a beloved member of our brain injury community for over 20 years. Brian and his family participated in many BIANJ events and programs, including Camp TREK which was his favorite week of the year. His smile was contagious and Brian quickly became everyone’s friend. The Brian Quick Memorial Fund was established to ensure that people with brain injury receive the support and recreation that is so important.