What is the T-Bird Foundation?
The T-Bird Foundation is the Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery Drive, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded to help young adults and adolescent traumatic brain injury survivors who have disabilities that require long-term medical coverage and rehabilitative services. T-Bird Foundation was founded in 2003 by Bob Wardlow after his son Russ suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a catastrophic automobile accident. Shortly after, Ed Warneck, father of Erika, rallied and joined hands with T-Bird. Later that year, a triumvirate was formed when Jack Ferber came on board during his daughter Cara’s rehabilitation.

Objectives of T-Bird Foundation
  • Help families raise money to pay for therapy, training, rehabilitation, adaptive equipment/devices, transportation, and vocational training for brain injured individuals.
  • Help TBI Survivors and their families cope with the enormous consequences of brain injury.
  • Communicate with the families of TBI survivors. Through sharing experiences and information, T-Bird can give people hope that TBI survivors can and do improve and live productive lives.
  • Provide information to the families of brain injured individuals to help them obtain benefits from federal, state and local sources.
  • Raise awareness of the problems of brain injured individuals.

Facts about Brain Injury
Brain injury is permanent, it affects an individual for life. But with proper rehabilitiation TBI survivors can lead meaningful rewarding lives. Rehabilitation can take many years, costs are astronomical over a lifetime.

Brain injury can be invisible. TBI survivors often look normal. People think they are fine. But they may have significant problems with communication, confusion, information processing, memory, organizing & planning tasks, executive functions, seizures, motor skills, speech problems, walking, balance, coordination, tasting, thinking clearly, and getting lost.

Brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults. Each year, 1.5 million Americans sustain a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). That is more than 4,000 people each day. Brain injury claims more than 50,000 lives and leaves between 80,000 and 90,000 individuals with lifelong disabilities each year. There are at least 5.3 million Americans living with a disability as a result of brain injury.*

The T-Bird Foundation, Inc., (Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery Drive Foundation), will help TBI survivors receive badly needed therapy, therapeutic devices and treatment after insurance resources are exhausted.

T-Bird Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.