Veterans to BASE Jump 22 Times to Bring Awareness to a Growing Epidemic — the Incidence of Suicide
Tragically Up To 22 American Veterans and Active Duty Service Members Die By Suicide Daily
First BASE Jump of 2021 – January 30-31, Camelback Mountain, AZ
Marine Veteran Infantryman and Scout Sniper Tristan Wimmer will be BASE Jumping to combat stigma around mental health and bring awareness to the staggering number of suicides among Veterans and others who suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in Phoenix, Arizona on January 30-31, 2021. Tristan announces the launch of the 22 Jumps campaign and his Phoenix BASE Jumping event on Veterans Day, a momentous occasion for Veterans and active duty military service members; Tristan plans to support Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB) with other 22 Jumps events in different regions.
The Invisible Wounds of War Too Often Go Undetected and Untreated
Due to a lack of objective diagnostic tools and effective treatment solutions, the “invisible wounds” of TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often leave service members and civilians feeling hopeless as they live with multiple debilitating symptoms.
Tristan and other Veterans will BASE jump 22 times in one day to raise awareness and funds for research that will help make brain trauma more detectable and treatable.
Our country’s heroes are increasingly taking their own lives after they return from war. Tristan’s own brother – a Raider and Recon Marine Veteran with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) sustained in Iraq – struggled with injury-related depression and anxiety for a nearly a decade before he succumbed to suicide.
Frank Larkin, Navy SEAL (ret.), 40th Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. Senate, Suicide Survivor and Chair of our Veterans Advisory Council
Frank Larkin, the Chair of the CVB Veterans Advisory Council (VAC), will be joining Tristan and others at upcoming 22 Jumps events. His highly decorated son who was a Navy SEAL took his own life after a long struggle with TBI. Frank knows first hand the wake of destruction that follows suicide.
22 Jumps Aims to Bring New Hope to Individuals and Families Affected by TBI and Suicide
Through the 22 Jumps events, Tristan and Frank are bringing new hope to this epidemic by partnering with our organization to raise money for brain health research and new effective solutions for all patients.
Why Cohen Veterans Bioscience?
Tristan has chosen CVB as the recipient of the funds raised because he values the organization’s innovative approach to studying the brain. CVB is gaining a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms that cause brain diseases through biomarker discovery and validation, data science, modeling and technology.
Together, with our partners from around the world, Cohen Veterans Bioscience is committed to advancing research, as well as advocacy and policy initiatives to improve the lives of people suffering from TBI. CVB is actively working to speed the discovery of next-generation diagnostics and treatments for traumatic brain injuries and other brain trauma-related conditions.
Highlights from 22 Jumps event in February 2020:
- On February 8, 2020 Marine Veteran Tristan Wimmer BASE Jumped 22 times off of Arizona’s Camelback Mountain in honor of his brother, and to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention and brain trauma research.
- He was supported by friends, family, local news and CVB’s Veterans Advisory Council Chair, Frank Larkin, whose highly decorated son who was a Navy SEAL took his own life after a long struggle with TBI.
- More than $10,000 was raised which funded biomarker fluid assays for TBI. Our work in biomarker discovery and validation for a new generation of diagnostics and pathways that will lead to new targets for therapy.
- Read more about 22 Jumps in the news
Traumatic Brain Injury Can Be an Underlying Cause of Suicide
TBI is caused by a blow or jolt to the head or penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. TBIs can range from mild, with a brief change in mental status or consciousness (commonly called concussions), to severe, with an extended period of unconsciousness or memory loss. TBIs are an underlying cause of suicide. Currently, there are few available treatments for severe brain injuries.
- More than 380,000 service members experienced a TBI from 2000 to 2018.
- In 2020 Veteran suicides may have increased by 20%, partially due to increased stress from the pandemic.
- There are few FDA-approved treatments for TBI.
How To Get Involved and Make a Difference
Please join the 22 Jumps campaign – as a spectator, sponsor or supporter – for suicide prevention awareness and CVB’s brain trauma research.
Launching on Veteran’s Day, our goal is to raise $22,000 in honor of the 22 American Veterans and active duty service members who end their lives too early by suicide every day.
100% of your donations will go towards research that is already making a difference.Help Us Reach Our Goal – Donate Now
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