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Bi-Partisan Letter Calls for Obama to Address #1 Cause of Death Among Youth

Rep. Lance and 100+ Bi-Partisan Members Send Letter to President: "Implement the Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan"

PABI Plan will combat leading cause of death and disability for American Youth

Representative Leonard Lance (NJ-07) and 100+ Members today announced a bi-partisan letter to the President urging the implementation of National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury (PABI) Plan. The bipartisan letter requests the President to combat pediatric brain injury:

the leading cause of disability and death in children, adolescents and young adults in the United States. "Implementing the Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury (PABI) Plan will make a real difference in the lives of many. Too often we hear the tragic stories of brain injuries stemming from military service, accidents or falls and the hardship such trauma puts on the injured and their families," said Lance on the release of the letter with over 100 bipartisan cosigners. "Putting in place the PABI Plan will end the complicated framework of care and incorporate a seamless, data-driven system to put children and families first."

PABI is caused by trauma such as motor vehicle crashes, sports-related concussions, child abuse, falls or blast injury from war- the signature wound of young veterans returning home from combat. In addition, it also includes non-traumatic causes such as epilepsy and seizure disorders, meningitis, brain tumors, or strokes. Each year, more than 765,000 young Americans under the age of 25 enter an emergency department with a brain injury, over 80,000 are hospitalized and over 11,000 die.

"The millions of families who have a child or young adult with a brain injury are very grateful for the continued bi-partisan Congressional support to develop a seamless, standardized, evidence-based system of care for American youth who suffer from a brain injury," said Patrick Donohue, who in 2007 established the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, named for his daughter was violently shaken by her baby nurse when she was five days old, causing a severe brain injury. "We have the utmost confidence President Obama will act on this public health crisis."

Due to the lack of federal research for PABI over the past thirty years, families face a patchwork system of care- varying from state to state and from one doctor's office to another. In response, The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation brought together a wide range of stakeholders from their International Advisory Board in 2009 to create the first-ever National Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Plan.

The letter gathered attention from advocates urging their Member of Congress to sign on to the effort during the month of March, which is brain injury awareness month. Implementing this plan does not require legislation or the appropriation of any new funds and would dramatically help improve the lives of youth who suffer from pediatric acquired brain injury and their families.

To read the entire PABI Plan, please visit

Below is an alphabetical listing of the 100+ Members of Congress who signed the letter to President Obama:

Spencer Bachus (R-AL)

Joyce Beatty (R-OH)

Sanford Bishop (D-GA)

Diane Black (R-TN)

Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)

Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU)

Robert Brady (D-PA)

Julia Brownley (D-CA)

Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX)

Cheri Bustos (D-IL)

Ken Calvert (R-CA)

Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)

Michael Capuano (D-MA)

Tony Cardenas (D-CA)

Andre Carson (D-IN)

Bill Cassidy (R-LA)

David N. Cicilline (D-RI)

Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO)

Mike Coffman (R-CO)

Steve Cohen (D-TN)

Gerry Connolly (D-VA)

John Conyers (D-MI)

Paul Cook (R-CA)

Danny K. Davis (D-IL)

Rodney Davis (R-IL)

Mike Doyle (D-PA)

John Duncan (R-TN)

Donna Edwards (D-MD)

Keith Ellison (D-MN)

William L. Enyart (D-IL)

Elizabeth H. Esty (D-CT)

Blake Farenthold (R-TX)

Chaka Fattah (D-PA)

Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA)

Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)

Alan Grayson (D-FL)

Al Green (D-TX)

Tim Griffin (R-AR)

Michael Grimm (R-NY)

Ralph Hall (R-TX)

Richard Hanna (R-NY)

Gregg Harper (R-MS)

Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL)

Joe Heck (R-NV)

Jim Himes (D-CT)

Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX)

Mike Honda (D-CA)

Randy Hultgreen (R-IL)

Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)

Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

Bill Johnson (R-OH)

Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)

Hank Johnson (D-GA)

Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)

William Keating (D-MA)

Joe Kennedy (D-MA)

Peter King (R-NY)

Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ)

Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)

James Langevin (D-RI)

Tom Latham (R-IA)

John Lewis (D-GA)

Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA)

James McGovern (D-MA)

Mike McIntyre (D-NC)

Buck McKeon (R-CA)

David McKinley (R-WV)

Patrick Meehan (R-PA)

Gregory Meeks (D-NY)

Grace Meng (D-NY)

Mike Michaud (D-ME)

Jim Moran (D-VA)

Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

Erik Paulsen (R-MN)

Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ)

Scott Peters (D-CA)

Bill Posey (R-FL)

Charles Rangel (D-NY)

Tom Reed (R-NY)

ReId Ribble (R-WI)

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

Dennis Ross (R-FL)

Jon Runyan (R-NJ)

Bobby Rush (D-IL)

Tim Ryan (D-OH)

Matt Salmon (R-AZ)

Linda Sanchez (D-CA)

Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)

David Scott (D-GA)

Pete Sessions (R-TX)

Terri Sewell (D-AL)

Christohper Smith (R-NJ)

Lamar Smith (R-TX)

Steve Stivers (R-OH)

Glenn Thompson (R-PA)

Mike Thompson (D-CA)

Pat Tiberi (R-OH)

John Tierney (D-MA)

Paul Tonko (D-NY)

Juan Vargas (D-CA)

Marc Veasey (D-TX)

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL)

Daniel Webster (R-FL)

Frederica Wilson (D-FL)

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