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1,000 Reasons for Hope

How the first 1,000 Legacy Donors studied at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank are mapping the future of brain trauma research

Tom McHale Lisa McHale Concussion Legacy Foundation

Tom McHale

Legacy Story

What's inside the report

The 1,000 Reasons for Hope report celebrates the first 1,000 brain donors studied at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank since 2008 and how they have advanced research on concussions and CTE. Inside you'll find never-before-seen donor demographics, new testimonials from donor families including Dwayne Johnson, and a roadmap for the future of brain trauma research.

This report, created by research collaborators from the VA, Boston University, and the Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF), explains how the next 1,000 brain donors will answer critical questions that take us closer to preventing, diagnosing, and treating CTE and other long-term consequences of concussion and traumatic brain injury.

Special message from CLF CEO Chris Nowinski, Ph.D.

Thanks to our Legacy Donors and their families, as well as our incredible research team, we now have a roadmap for how to diagnose and treat CTE during life. Our discoveries have already inspired changes to sports that will prevent many future cases of CTE in the next generation of athletes.

We would not have 1,000 Reasons for Hope without the individuals and organizations who support this research through their donations and their advocacy. If you would like to see the research chronicled in this report continue to thrive, below are six ways you can increase the impact of the research at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank.

Pledge Your Brain

Our research is revolutionizing the world's understanding of brain trauma. By pledging, you can help us solve the concussion crisis and end CTE.

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Donate to the Brain Bank

A gift directly supports Dr. Ann McKee her research team at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank so they can accelerate scientific discoveries.

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Donate to CLF

Give now to support CLF's education and advocacy, patient services and research programs. 

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Reach out to the CLF HelpLine

The CLF HelpLine provides personalized support to patients and caregivers suffering from the effects of brain injury. Reach out today. 

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Join Project Enlist

Project Enlist is serving as a catalyst for advancing critical research on TBI, PTSD and CTE among military Veterans.

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Legacy Donor Stories

Our 1,000 Legacy Donors are the reason we have so many reasons for hope. Learn their stories of loss, recovery, community and hope.

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