History of the Avalon Fund
Envisioned by Bernie Marcus, Co-Founder of The Home Depot, The Avalon Fund was formed in 2019 as a partnership between the Marcus Institute for Brain Health and Boulder Crest Foundation. Backed by Bernie Marcus and Arthur M. Blank, fellow Co-founder of The Home Depot, the Fund's mission was focused on scaling innovative and effective traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress treatments for those in need.
Taking its name from Arthurian legend, Avalon was the sanctuary where King Arthur was taken to heal before returning to lead his people into a new golden age. The belief that wounded heroes can come back from battle stronger, is the reason The Avalon Fund was established, and what led to the formation of the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network.
The Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network seeks to expand on the Marcus Institute for Brain Health’s and Boulder Crest Foundation’s expertise and successes to create a nationwide, integrative traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress treatment and training network. This Network will provide world-class services, treatment, and training to help heal the invisible wounds afflicting our veterans, first responders, and their families.
Healing Invisible Wounds is Complex
There are many overlapping symptoms between traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress that make diagnosis and treatment incredibly difficult. All too often, veterans and first responders receive inadequate or incomplete care that does not address the true cause of their pain.
Treating the Brain to Heal the Mind
Utilizing integrated care models pioneered by the Marcus Institute for Brain Health, Academic Medical Centers nationwide will provide individualized plans of clinical care for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries.
Moving Beyond Post-Traumatic Stress
Boulder Crest Foundation’s Warrior PATHH is the first-ever program designed to cultivate posttraumatic growth. Warrior PATHH care sites nationwide provide intensive training that ensures veterans and first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress can live the lives they deserve.
Bringing Heroes All the Way Home
A veteran’s or first responder’s traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress treatment doesn’t end the moment they walk out the door. Follow-up sessions to track symptoms and progress are routinely scheduled, and ongoing support—counseling, coaching, and training—is also made available.
Comprehensive Care Over Traditional Recovery
Utilizing proven methods from Boulder Crest Foundation in addressing post-traumatic stress (PTS), depression, and anxiety, and the Marcus Institute for Brain Health in treating traumatic brain injuries (TBI), the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network is envisioned as a leading cognitive health and mental wellness provider for veterans, first responders, and their families.
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