To inform, educate, support, and advocate on behalf of traumatic brain injury survivors, their families, and caregivers.
The Art of Medicine Foundation was founded in 2016 by Ken LaRoe and his wife Cindy LaRoe, MD. after Cindy sustained a brain injury in a competitive biking accident in 2011. The injury prevented her temporarily from being able to move her legs or read and caused her to have seizures. It also led her down a path of discovering her artistic talents. Dr. LaRoe found painting therapeutic during her recovery, and still continues to create art. She hopes her talent can raise awareness and money for others with brain injuries.
The Art of Medicine Foundation creates and supports events and initiatives to elevate awareness and raise funds to support causes that impact traumatic brain injury. Since 2015, the Art of Medicine Foundation has raised over $680,000 to support brain injury research and treatment.
Every nine seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury. There are two types of acquired brain injury: traumatic and non-traumatic. An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain that is not hereditary or degenerative. Brain injury can change the way a person thinks, acts and feels – in a matter of seconds. The effects of a brain injury are complex and vary greatly from person to person.