Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Center for BrainHealth Legacy Award Dinner Celebrated Lyda Hill

On Tuesday, November 11, Veterans Day, the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas celebrated Lyda Hill and her dedication to America’s servicemen and women, presenting her with its highest honor, the Legacy Award. The BrainHealth Legacy Award recognizes the pioneering spirit of individuals whose vision and dedication to brain research enable the Center to explore the vast potential of the human mind.
Michael and Lindsey Wisenbaker
Dinner Chair Lynn McBee commenced the program describing Ms. Hill as “an individual who truly epitomizes the meaning of giving through serving those who have served”, saying to Ms. Hill, “You approach everything with gusto! And tonight we hope to show you the same gusto as we celebrate you and the lives you touch."
Lyda Hill, Legacy Award Dinner honoree, Lynn McBee, Legacy Award Dinner chairman
Sandra “Sandi” Chapman, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Director, Center for BrainHealth, Paul Stoffel, Gayle Stoffel
  After four of the Center’s veterans presented her with the gleaming crystal award, Ms. Hill explained that her nephew, Michael Wisenbaker, deserved a lot of the credit. An Air Force F-16 pilot and Iraq war veteran, he strongly urged her to find a solution to a truly underfunded challenge: the often overwhelming and unseen injuries of war that make the transition from military to civilian life difficult for veterans and military service members.
Ross Perot, Margot Perot, Betsy Waggoner, John Waggoner
Her quest led her to give $2 million to the Center for BrainHealth’s Brain Performance Institute to activate the Warrior Training Team, mobile units of clinicians and veterans who deliver effective, evidence-based programs that build brain resilience, achieve brain regeneration and reverse losses in cognitive function.
Debbie Francis, Advisory Board Chair, Center for BrainHealth, Jim Francis
“Lyda, having a warrior’s spirit herself, knew she had to do something…And that she has done”, said Dr. Sandra Chapman, BrainHealth Founder and Chief Director. “Lyda’s gift ignited the extension of our proven trainings to go well beyond our current Department of Defense funded research.”
Charles and Pat McEvoy
The Warrior Training Team has reached more than 500 warriors, including active duty elite special forces, veterans, and military spouses and caregivers, in Texas, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho,Virginia and Washington, DC in the last year. Projections for next year are in the thousands.
Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones
Thanks to Lyda’s gift, our brothers and sisters in arms are getting the opportunity to focus on training their brains with the same intensity that they do their bodies,” said Lt. Morgan Luttrell, US Navy SEAL (Retired). “The strategies I learned assisted me as a leader in the SEAL teams while at home training or deployed on combat missions around the world. Today I continue to apply the strategies and benefit as a husband, father, student, and an active member in society.”
 
The event was held at The Joule Hotel and was attended by approximately 250 guests, including many of our nation’s treasured veterans

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