THANK YOU for visiting this fundraising page, which was created to accept memorial contributions honoring the Life of Christopher Burdette.
On February 26, 2018, Christopher Burdette succumbed to the debilitating medical conditions that were the result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) he sustained after being unjustly assaulted in August of 2010. To view the obituary, please visit: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/7776402
Most of us can agree that the world needs more people like Chris. He was always full of life and left a big mark on the people near and dear to him. According to a good friend, "Though much of him was taken violently some years ago, he fought on and inspired all those who experienced his kind heart, infectious smile, and sunny attitude. Inside all that nice stuff was a man of steel, a fantastic athlete, and the heart of a lion. He was kind, modest, and generous, and just a little bit crazy to keep it fun. Gone far too soon, he will live on in the hearts and stories of all those lucky enough to have known him."
The Burdette family is grateful for all the love, support, prayers, and good thoughts from so many during this difficult time. The Brain Injury Association of Maryland (BIAM) has been a resource for our family for many years. We appreciate your interest in making a memorial contribution in Chris's honor to BIAM in lieu of flowers.
ABOUT TEAM BURD BRAINS
Every year since Chris was injured in 2010, the Burdette family has gathered a team of family and friends -- affectionately named Team BURD Brains -- to participate in the Brain Injury Association of Maryland's (BIAM's) annual Scarecrow Classic 5K and 1 Mile Walk event. Team BURD Brains was formed to honor two siblings -- Chris and Suzanne -- BOTH of whom suffered severe TBI. It's purpose is to: 1) CELEBRATE LIFE and honor Chris and Suzanne, 2) help RAISE AWARENESS of the impact of brain injury on individuals and families, 3) RAISE FUNDS for BIAM's Resource Center, and 4) have some FUN! In eight years, we have raised more than $10,000 to support BIAM. We hope to continue this tradition, now in memory of Chris and to keep his spirit alive in our hearts and minds.
The mission of the Brain Injury Association of Maryland (BIAM) is to be the voice of those affected by brain injury through advocacy, education, and research. We strive to bring health, hope, and healing to thousands of Marylanders living with brain injury, their families, and the professionals who server them. BIAM takes action by providing leadership and support for a wide variety of projects and programs in resource coordination, prevention, education, advocacy, and self-determination. BIAM is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1983. https://www.biamd.org/
More than 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year. Brain injury is unpredictable in its consequences. It affects who we are, the way we think, act, and feel -- it can change everything about us in a matter of seconds. The most important things to remember:
? A person with a brain injury is a person first
? No two brain injuries are exactly the same
? The effects of a brain injury depend on such factors as cause, location, and severity
? The effects of a brain injury are complex and vary greatly from person to person
Also, brain injury is not an event or an outcome -- it is the start of a misdiagnosed, misunderstood, under-funded neurological disease. Individuals who sustain brain injuries must have timely access to expert trauma care, specialized rehabilitation, lifelong disease management, and individualized services and supports in order to live healthy, independent, and satisfying lives.
If you would prefer to make a memorial donation by personal check, please note "In memory of Chris Burdette" and mail to:
BIAM | 2200 Kernan Drive | Baltimore, MD 21286
CONNECT TO HELP
At BIAMD, we act as a "bridge to help" by pointing people
to credible national, local, and community resources which
support a variety of issues resulting from brain injury.
PROVIDE HELP, HOPE, AND HEALING
BIAMD aims to create a positive community that believes in the reality of recovery.
We provide encouragement and inspiration through create campaigns, online media, and outreach events.
The misconceptions surrounding brain injury are many.
BIAMD promotes education and awareness outreach, educational conferences, social media, and various programs.
ACTIVELY PROMOTING RESEARCH
BIAMD is proud to work with organizations, healthcare providers, treatment centers, and universities to promote and support brain injury research. Only by actively promoting and advocating for additional research and resources can we advance the prevention and treatment of brain injury.