Let Them Roll – Poker and Bunco Night

Join us November 3rd at the Norman P. Murray Center for dinner and a night of Poker or Bunco to salute and benefit our Veterans and others who have been diagnosed with a brain injury.  We will also have a silent auction, and raffle.  (Donations are appreciated.)

 

Click the image to buy tickets or contact Cheryl at 949-209-9924 for sponsorship or donation items.

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Why we fund raise

We are a very small non-profit, in a very small world of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.  For the most part we are a volunteer organization, our expenses are kept low, and we rely heavily on donations to offset the cost of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for brain injured people.  We rejoice when we see major life altering healing happen because oxygen, under pressure works.  We rejoice even when there are smaller, but very real quality of life improvements, because oxygen under pressure helped it happen.  And we weep with the very few who have exhausted every other thing they can think of, and it was too late.

The need is great – and we are stretched beyond what we have.  We and our partnering organizations believe strongly in the healing power of oxygen.

When you get a call from a desperate grandmother, her toddler aged grandchild had a near drowning experience in July, he was discharged from the hospital – according to the neurologist “go home and die”.  What can you do besides say “We can’t promise anything, but come let’s try!”

When a brain injured young man calls and tells his story, he is permanently disabled from a car accident in Mexico, there is literally not even an extra $50.00 in his budget – what can you do except say “We can’t promise anything, but come, let’s try the healing power of hyperbarics.”

When you and your partnering clinic have promised to treat Veterans at no charge – and you already have two going through treatment, and a veteran and current first responder calls and says “I think this may be my last chance or I will die.”  What can you say except “We can’t promise anything, but come, let’s try!”

When a mom of two calls and says “So, there was a car accident 20 years ago, and I have had an undiagnosed TBI, can you help?” What can we say besides “Yes, that’s been a long time, but come, let’s try!”

When the mother of a fallen navy seal called because she knows another Navy Seal who desperately needs hyperbaric oxygen, we said yes!  After his first couple of treatments he started telling us how he was feeling better and how his co-workers and family were noticing the differences, we breathe deeply knowing that we have helped save a business, started a family towards reconciliation, and possibly saved a life.

These are the phone calls and stories in the last six weeks.  So, we say yes, we try to balance with those who can afford treatment, those who can pay towards their treatment, those who may possibly be able to have insurance offset (very unlikely), our partner organizations treat ahead of payment and we see some level of success much more often than not, and we continue to ask for support.  We ask support from our generous friends and others who are interested in actually healing the brain, not masking the symptoms with drugs that literally suck the life out people.

We have fundraisers  – like our Poker Night on November 3rd. Buy tickets for Let Them Roll Night

We participate in online communities like the Paypal Giving Fund – There are also options that if you sell on ebay, the proceeds can go to our organization.

We  have our own campaign started here http://ranri.org/campaigns/brain-injury-treatment-campaign/

We apply for grants, and we ask for your support.  If you would like to sponsor one of our veterans or others listed above, or would like to host a fundraiser** on their behalf, please get in touch with us here.

If you can’t support us, but can help us with our fundraiser by soliciting donations or selling tickets, or are great on social media and can spread the word, please get in touch with us.

 

Thank you for your time and your support as we work towards healing….one breath at a time.

If you are here seeking help, and you feel a little overwhelmed, please don’t give up – give us a call and let us see how we can help!

 

**fundraisers must be approved ahead of time, we will only utilize our paypal fund account for online fundraisers**

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Chuck Norris on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Excellent article on Hyperbarics, with a little bit of info from Chuck Norris personally, regarding HBOT.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a form of therapy that I am intimately familiar with. It was instrumental in treating my wife, Gena, during her recovery from gadolinium poisoning. The therapy exposes a patient to pure oxygen within the confines of a carefully controlled pressurized chamber.

https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/17/its-time-we-talk-about-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy

TBI/PTSD

Man in despair with raised hands and bowed headd, in a low light room looking in front of mirror

Brain Injuries can happen by events such as car accidents, skiing accidents, tackles, “headers” in soccer, falls, military blasts and even PTSD. There is no such thing as a typical brain injury.

The brain oversees everything we do:
• How we move our body (physical)
• How we perceive, recall, and process information (cognitive)
• How we communicate with others (communication)
• How we feel (emotional)
• How we behave (behavioral)
• How we interact with others (social)

It’s easy to see how a serious blow to the brain can have a devastating impact on the survivor and those around {him or} her.

As different parts of the brain control different functions, the impairments acquired by a survivor depend on the precise location and gravity of {his or}her injury. Since every injury is unique in the damage it causes, every survivor acquires a unique mix of complaints.

It’s impossible for a doctor to review your patient’s CT scans and MRIs and predict the deficits s/he will acquire. Certain functions, however, such as memory, language, and information processing, are lodged in multiple areas of the brain and are almost always affected by any serious injury.

(http://www.brainline.org/content/2010/02/life-with-a-brain-injury-preparing-yourself-and-your-family_pageall.html)

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments have proven effective for many conditions including decompression sickness (the “bends”), carbon monoxide poisoning, burns and non-healing wounds. In the US, there are 14 indications that the FDA has approved Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – any treatment not expressly approved by the FDA is considered “off label treatment” – treatment is permitted with a doctor’s order.  Worldwide there are over 150 indications that Hyperbaric Oxygen is used to treat.

And new research out of Tel Aviv University suggests that hyperbaric oxygen might also promote neuroplasticity—and dramatic improvements in outcomes—after brain damage.

How does HBOT work?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is an FDA approved, medical treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a pressurized chamber.

Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body’s fluids including plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. In this way, extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and the body can support its own healing process.

“The tissue around a chronic wound may be getting very little oxygen because there’s very little blood flow to the center of the wound,” says Col. Brian McCrary, an Air Force physician and expert in hyperbaric medicine. “So by increasing the oxygen to the tissues, you help drive healing. Hyperbaric treatment also helps stimulate new blood vessel growth, which drives new capillaries into an area to help get more blood and oxygen into the affected area. And it’s also been shown to reduce inflammation, too.”

The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas. It is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment.

It has long been known that healing many areas of the body cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in the tissue. Most illnesses and injuries occur, and often linger, at the cellular or tissue level. In many cases, such as: circulatory problems; non-healing wounds; and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body’s natural healing ability is unable to function properly. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects. (http://www.hbot.com/about-hbot)

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy improves the quality of life of the patient in many areas when standard medicine is not working.

George Mychaskiw, chair of the department of anesthesiology at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Florida calls HBOT “a supernatural treatment,” “Not that it’s magic. But we don’t normally live at two or three atmospheres of pressure. Except for a few bottom-dwelling organisms in the sea, the behavior of oxygen at these difference pressures is outside the normal realm of biology, certainly outside the normal realm of human biology.”

Call us today for more information or to set up a free consultation. 949-209-9924

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