3-11-2013 Press Release

March 11, 2013


The Johnny O Alzheimer's, Dementia, and TBI Awareness Foundation has announced today that they have had both their national awareness months

  • National TBI Awareness Month – September
  • National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month – January

Have been approved for inclusion on the 2013 National Health Observances calendar and can be viewed on healthfinder.gov . This is a major step for The Johnny O Foundation to get the word out on all Three (3) Causes! They are the only national foundation to have a National TBI Awareness Month to be registered with the US Government.

Scottsdale, AZ – March 11, 2013

The Johnny O Alzheimer's, Dementia, and TBI Awareness Foundation based in Scottsdale, AZ has recently embarked on another critical mission to promote awareness and facilitate research in the quickly emerging developments related to TBI or traumatic brain injuries. Our national foundation is proud to be recognized as a new pioneer in this extremely critical and fast growing neurological disorder related to concussions and brain injuries as a result of various sports, recreational activities and military service. We are the only foundation to link Alzheimer's, Dementia, and TBI /Concussions into one cause. By doing this we have established the cause as the third #3 largest cause of death behind Heart Disease and Cancer.

The Johnny O Foundation has already established an awareness and research funding program focused on Alzheimer's and Dementia initiatives in their collaboration and association with Dr. Marwan Sabbagh.
Dr. Sabbagh is one of the world's most renowned research scientists in the field of Alzheimer's & Dementia and Director of the Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City, AZ, and he is our foundation's Chief Scientific Advisor.

As new "Leaders in TBI (traumatic brain injury) Awareness", we are also proud to announce our recent collaboration with the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related TBI Research Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill under the direction of Kevin M. Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA. The Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center conducts research on sports-related concussions. They have investigated the effect of sports-related concussions on balance and neurocognitive function in high school, college, professional, and the long-term neurological issues related to playing sports.

We will be the first national Alzheimer's and dementia foundation in the US to create singularly focused research and awareness efforts towards TBI – a possible precursor to CTE - related to sports, recreational activities and military service!

According to an American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) study utilizing CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) data, there were an estimated 446,788 sports-related head injuries treated at U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2010. And it affects all age levels, not just the current popular perception that it is a retired athlete issue. (i.e. sports and recreational activities contribute about 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children and adolescents).

Additionally, Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ, reports that approximately 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury each year and the very young and very old are the most at risk. TBI is the number one cause of death in children and young adults.

And finally, in a study led by Dr. Lee Goldstein and Dr. Ann McKee of Boston University's School of Medicine, OUR NEW PARTNERS AND FOUNDATION SCIENTIFIC ADVISORS, their team of scientists and other researchers concluded that veterans exposed to roadside bombs and heavy blasts exhibit injuries to the brain remarkably similar to that of tackles and punches. Since 2001, the military has confirmed traumatic brain injury – widely considered the precursor to CTE – in more than 220,000 of the 2.3 million troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Our new and additional critical mission of the Johnny O Foundation is to develop and implement a national outreach program that includes a military service focus as well as the sports of football, soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, hockey and many other action sports such as cycling, water sports, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, those BMX biking. It is our intention to help fund grants at the Matthew Gfeller Center and the Boston University School of Medicine to improve awareness, facilitate evaluation, and improve rehabilitation through research and education. And Dr. Kevin M. Guskiewicz and Dr. Stephen Marshall at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill

About the Johnny O Alzheimer's, Dementia, and TBI Awareness Foundation

The Johnny O Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which operates nationally.

Our national mission is to educate the American public as to the growing seriousness of Alzheimer's, Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) in the American population by raising the necessary donations through strategic research initiatives and heightened public awareness to accomplish our objectives. We are also dedicated to helping fund the necessary research to find a cure for both Alzheimer's and Dementia while promoting awareness, education, and research funding in the area of improved safety standards to prevent TBI (traumatic brain injury), potential precursors to Alzheimer's and Dementia.

By emphasizing the universe of age groups (i.e. from ages 1 to 101) and causes our foundation addresses, we hope to integrate research in early age TBI caused by falls, automobile accidents, competitive sports head injuries, recreational activity head injuries, and military service head injuries that can lead to Alzheimer's and Dementia later in one's life.

We believe it is our cutting edge foundation's time to receive some of the monies currently being so generously donated in the "Finding a Cure" world at both the private and corporate levels. Our "Forgotten Seniors", the millions of Americans involved in sports, recreational activities, and military service suffering from traumatic brain injuries – and their millions of caregivers - deserve their fair share and attention!