About Us
 
On January 27, 2009, Sean P. Reilly, passed away at the age of 25 from complications attributable to a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that he sustained nearly 5 years earlier during a study aboard semester in Europe.

During his 5 years as a minimally conscious TBI patient, Sean and his family experienced firsthand all of the challenges and pitfalls associated with funding and reimbursement for TBI related healthcare.  Important quality of life therapy is too soon and too often terminated due to healthcare funding shortfalls.

Initially, the Fund has focused its efforts in providing rehabilitation equipment and financial assistance for supplemental therapies to assist targeted patients at New Jersey’s leading TBI rehabilitation centers such as the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute’s Center for head Injuries, especially its Extended Recovery Unit in Edison, New Jersey.

TBI has gained some notoriety through stories of American soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In fact TBI is the signature wound sustained by our troops returning from the Middle East.  On an average day, two to three are treated while three people die of TBI in New Jersey hospitals alone.  It is a silent epidemic and the already limited funding sources are shrinking.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the annual incidence of TBI alone is higher than that of breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and HIV/AIDS combined.

Recently, the New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Fund curtailed its funding for many supports and services.  Similarly, Medicare and Medicaid are making significant cuts in benefits and coverage.

Sean’s Fund aims to help bridge the gap between this growing need and limited funds.  The giving mission of the Fund emphasizes helping those TBI needs and causes that may escape the attention of other funds and resources.