History of the Avalon Fund
The Avalon Fund was formed in 2019 as a partnership between the Marcus Institute for Brain Health (MIBH) and Boulder Crest Foundation. Backed by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, co-founders of The Home Depot, the fund's mission was focused on scaling innovative and effective traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatments to ensure veterans receive the care and training they need to accomplish great things.
The fund took its name from the legendary sanctuary of Avalon, where King Arthur went to heal before returning to lead his people into a new golden age. The bravery and leadership veterans embody isn’t confined to the battlefield. There are no limits to what they can accomplish when they return from war if they receive the appropriate care, treatment, and training. While the Marcus Institute for Brain Healthand Boulder Crest’s efforts have helped hundreds of veterans, thousands more need access to adequate treatment. This need is what led to the formation of the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network.
By partnering with, and building upon the work of, the Marcus Institute for Brain Health and the Boulder Crest Foundation’s Warrior PATHH program, the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network will provide world-class services and treatment to help heal the invisible wounds afflicting our veterans, first responders, and their families.
Healing Invisible Wounds is Complex
There are so many overlapping symptoms between traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 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.
Utilizing proven methods from Boulder Crest Foundation in the treatment of PTSD, depression, and anxiety, and the Marcus Institute for Brain Health in treating TBI, the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network is envisioned as a leading cognitive and mental health care provider for veterans, first responders, and their families. Other partners included in the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network are:
GratitudeAmerica, Camp Southern Ground, The Travis Mills Foundation, The Big Red Barn Retreat, The Permission To Start Dreaming Foundation, and Sheep Dog Impact Assistance.
SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center, Tulane University Center for Brain Health, Jefferson Veterans’ Brain Health and Wellness Initiative, and the University of Florida Health Brain Wellness Program.