PROGRAMS

Fundraising efforts of THE MICHAEL A DESTEFANO FOUNDATION are historically local to the Chicagoland area. However, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a nationwide and worldwide issue. The Foundation seeks to have a broad impact, with very little of the Foundation’s funds used for administrative purposes. The vast majority of funds raised go directly to support our mission “to enhance the quality of life for traumatic brain injury victims and their families by supporting research, promoting alternative therapies and public advocacy.”

THE MICHAEL A DESTEFANO FOUNDATION has committed to continuing its dual program of providing personal communications and support to victims and others involved in TBI, and to providing financial support, up to $1500 per application, through its grant program. These grants can be used by qualifying families for medical expenses or treatments not otherwise affordable or covered by insurance. These expenses can include the purchase of therapy equipment or expanded professional rehabilitative services for the ongoing treatment of TBI.

THE MICHAEL A DESTEFANO FOUNDATION Board of Directors is dedicated to growing as a fund raising organization to uniquely support TBI recovery with financial and personal assistance. Head injury, concussion and TBI are contemporary medical concerns for which treatment is evolving that incorporates new therapies in conjunction with traditional medical approaches. Multidisciplinary input regarding TBI injuries enables better recovery for victims of TBI. The Foundation has informed affected families of resources regarding recovery options; provided rehabilitative equipment to treatment centers and provided presentations to medical personnel relative to patient experiences. Since inception, the Foundation has provided awards to TBI families through its grant program totaling nearly $60,000.

We continue our efforts in fulfillment of our mission to enhance the quality of life for traumatic brain injury victims and their families by supporting research, promoting alternative therapies and public advocacy.