Annual BIAWA Gala Bigger Than Ever in 2014

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Victor Lystedt, Zackery Lystedt, and Richard H. Adler (photo credit: Nate Gowdy)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Victor Lystedt, Zackery Lystedt, and Richard H. Adler (photo credit: Nate Gowdy)

The eighth annual benefit auction for the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA), the Brain Injury Gala, was held on November 1, 2014 at the Westin in Downtown Seattle.  This was the largest attended with over 600 guests.  The Honorary Chair for the event was NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, who accepted the Leadership Award on behalf of the NFL for their commitment to passing components of Washington’s Zackery Lystedt Law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  The law firm was a sponsor for the event and hosted eight tables.  The auction rose over $550,000, a new record for the organization.

Annual Walk Like MADD Fundraiser for Mothers Against Drunk Driving

The law firm of Adler Giersch ps is sponsoring and participating in this year’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s annual “Walk Like MADD” 5K on October 11, 2014 at UW Husky Stadium in Seattle.  MADD provides vital support services to survivors of drunk driving and their families.  This event is a great way to provide support.

Here is how you can help out:

  1. Join our team.  Please register online at http://support.madd.org/goto/adlergierschps click on register as an individual at the bottom of the page.  Bring your family and friends.  Opening ceremony begins at 8:00am.  Walk begins at 8:30am.  The cost to join is only $20.00 per person as a walker, $30.00 as a runner, $15.00 for children 5-21, and $10.00 for dog.  Registration includes a great T-shirt for the event. After September 10th registration fee will increase to $25.00 for adults, $20.00 for children, $15.00 for dogs.
  2. Start a New Team!: Round up your family, friends, and colleagues to walk together.  Registration fees are the same as above.  This is a great opportunity for team building within a company.
  3. Donate to our team.  Go to our team page, http://support.madd.org/goto/adlergierschps to make a direct online pledge to Team Adler ♦ Giersch, ps.  All donations will go directly to this event.

For more information about MADD, visit www.madd.org/wa.  We hope to see you on October 11th!

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4th Annual Walk, Run & Roll For Brain Injury

Thank you for your generous pledge to the 4th Annual Walk, Run & Roll benefitting the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington. This was the most successful Walk, Run & Roll with over 300 registered walkers, runners and rollers and with sponsors, pledges, and registrations, the event raised over $15,000 to provide services to brain injury survivors, caregivers, and their families. We are pleased to report that Team Adler Giersch ps had the biggest team and, of course, the most fun.

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Know the facts:

  • Every 9 seconds someone in America sustains a Brain Injury.
  • There are MORE incidents of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) than ALL cancers combined..
  • TBI is the #1 cause of death and disability among young people ages 15 – 24.
  • In Washington State, 20,000 residents sustain a Brain Injury each year.

Richard H. Adler Interviewed by Q13 News on White House Concussion Summit

Richard H. Adler participated in two interviews on the May 29th new broadcast on Q13 Fox’s morning show then again on the afternoon show.  The topic of discuss was the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit taking place on May 29th.  The summit hosted young athletes, parents, coaches, professional athletes, military service members and medical experts.

Click here to view the entire interview.

President Obama announced commitments by key stakeholders to increase our understanding of concussions and provide the resources and tools to prevent, recognize and treat concussions.  Here is the full report from the White House.

Mr. Adler was asked to participate in these interviews for his involved with the Zackery Lystedt Law, the first in the nation law in Washington State preventing preventable concussion in youth sports by requiring medical clearance to return to play by a licensed healthcare provider for student athletes suspected of having a concussion.  Since its enactment in 2009, key components of the Lystedt Law are now enacted in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  There is still one final step in making it Federal Law.

Zackery Lystedt Receives Seattle Sports Commission Award

Zack Lystedt Seattle Sport Awards

On January 22, 2014, Zackery Lystedt received the 2014 Seattle Children’s Inspirational Youth Awards at the 79th Annual Seattle Sports Commission Awards held at Benaroya Hall.  Congratulations Zack!

Zack was awarded this honor for his public awareness around youth sports and concussion.  His law, The Zackery Lystedt Law, was the first in the nation law preventing preventable concussion in youth sports by requiring medical clearance to return to play by a licensed healthcare provider for student athletes suspected of having a concussion.

In October 2006, Zack sustained a traumatic brain injury in a middle school football game after receiving multiple concussions during the game.  Zack was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center where he had multiple brain surgeries to stop the bleeding on his brain.