New Hampshire Student Raises Funds for Brain Injury Association, Launched National Concussion Awareness Day

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17 year old Brooke Mills of Concord, New Hampshire will launch the first-ever National Concussion Awareness Day and hopes to raise $10,000 for the Brain Injury Association of America.

A seventeen year old advocate from New Hampshire is taking a big leap and launching National Concussion Awareness Day. Brooke Mills, a student and concussion survivor, hopes to raise of awareness of concussion throughout the United States through a social media campaign using the hashtag #NationalConcussionAwarenessDay. Brooke’s primary goal is to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury, improve reporting of sports-related concussions, and provide resources and hope to those suffering from post-concussion syndrome. Brooke has also set a goal to raise $10,000 for the Brain Injury Association of America through a social media giving campaign.

Brooke became an advocate for concussion awareness after suffering her own concussion in gym class while a freshman at Concord High School. After spending two years recovering from chronic headaches, vertigo, and memory loss, she remembers all too well feeling misunderstood, alone, and scared.

Today, Brooke spends her time volunteering as a peer-to-peer speaker in classrooms around New Hampshire to help teach teens the importance of recognizing a concussion, reporting it to the coach, and taking time off to fully recover.

Help spread the word on National Concussion Awareness Day. If you have suffered a concussion, or know someone who has, please share your story on social media on Friday, September 16 and use #NationalConcussionAwarenessDay as a tag. Donations to the Brain Injury Association of America in support of Brooke’s goal can be made at

As always, any individual seeking help, resources, or support related to brain injury or concussion should contact the National Brain Injury Information Center (NBIIC) at (800) 444-6443.

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