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Gov. Walker proclaims March as Brain Injury Awareness Month

MADISON, Wis. (WISC) -- Gov. Scott Walker has declared March as Brain Injury Awareness Month. The governor's office confirmed Monday that the governor issued a proclamation announcing the month.

The Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin said that it hopes Wisconsin residents will better understand the impact of traumatic brain injuries on individuals and families. According to the Alliance, Wisconsin had around 45,000 emergency room visits in 2014 because of traumatic brain injuries.

BIAW President Kevin Pasqua said this is a problem that impacts a lot of people.

“Think of all the football players dealing with post-concussion issues you saw on the news around the Super Bowl,” Pasqua said in a statement. “These are some of the most in-shape people in the country, yet they are brought down by blows to the head. The truth is there are way more people who never played football who are in the same situation.”

The BIAW will be selling T-shirts in February and March to raise awareness about traumatic brain injuries.

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