The Senator Also Introduced a Congressional Resolution This Week Recognizing September 20th as National Concussion Awareness Day
WASHINGTON – On Concussion Awareness Day, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) recognized Brooke Mills from Concord as September’s Granite Stater of the Month for her efforts to educate and raise awareness to others about the dangers of concussions. As a result of Brooke’s advocacy, Senator Hassan joined Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) in introducing a bipartisan, bicameral resolution this week to recognize September 20, 2019 as National Concussion Awareness Day. To read the full text of the resolution, click here.
In March of 2014, Brooke, then a freshman in high school, suffered a severe concussion during a mandatory handball game in gym class. The ramifications of this concussion went beyond the physical bruising in her brain, and affected everything from her social life to her academics. However, instead of letting her concussion get the best of her, Brooke turned her injury into a platform that she used to educate people about the dangers of concussions. As a direct result of her advocacy, then-Governor Hassan declared the third Friday in September as Concussion Awareness Day in New Hampshire.
This year, the Senator continued to build on these efforts and introduced a resolution in the U.S. Senate recognizing September 20, 2019 as National Concussion Awareness Day. The resolution, which was also introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-9) and Don Bacon (R-NE-2), commends organizations that raise awareness about concussions and encourages further research and prevention efforts.
Click here or see below for a statement that Senator Hassan submitted into the Congressional Record recognizing Brooke Mills as Granite Stater of the Month. To nominate a New Hampshire citizen to be a Granite Stater of the Month, constituents can complete the nomination form here.