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Our country’s heroes are increasingly taking their own lives as a result of the invisible wounds of war. Tristan Wimmer—a Marine Veteran Infantryman and Scout Sniper—has made it his mission to bring awareness to the epidemic of suicide among Veterans. Tristan’s own brother, a Raider and Recon Marine Veteran, struggled with TBI-related depression and anxiety for nearly a decade before he ultimately succumbed to suicide.

Through 22 Jumps, a series of fundraising events where Veterans and others BASE jump 22 times in a single day, Tristan brings new hope to this epidemic by partnering with our organization to raise money for research and new effective solutions for all patients living with the effects of TBI.

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 a risk factor for suicide. Currently, there are few available treatments for severe brain injuries.

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There are few FDA-approved treatments for TBI.
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There are few FDA-approved treatments for TBI.

According to the FDA website: The FDA has not cleared or approved any medical products that are intended to diagnose or treat TBI alone without other diagnostic tests or treatments managed by a health care provider.
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Four times as many Veterans of the post 9/11 wars have died by suicide than have died in combat.1
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Four times as many Veterans of the post 9/11 wars have died by suicide than have died in combat.

For a population that has given more than we could return, we owe it to them to get treatment in the hands of those who need it.
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More than 380,000 service members experienced a TBI from 2000 to 2018.
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More than 380,000 service members experienced a TBI from 2000 to 2018.

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Why Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB)?

Tristan has chosen to support CVB because of the organization’s mission to spearhead a cutting-edge research program that advances TBI research. He values the organization’s innovative approach towards gaining a better understanding of the causes of TBI, discovering new biomarkers that will lead to better diagnoses and identifying new targets for treatment. CVB is also supporting advocacy and policy initiatives to improve the lives of people suffering from TBI.

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Watch Tristan Wimmer & Frank Larkin Discuss 22 Jumps

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Please join the 22 Jumps campaign – as a spectator, sponsor or supporter – for suicide prevention awareness and CVB’s brain trauma research.

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Today, there are few diagnostics and treatments for the invisible wounds of brain trauma, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

At Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB), our hope is that one day in the near future, no one who experiences brain trauma will suffer the effects for a lifetime. We are working to research the brain’s underlying biological processes and accelerate solutions for patients.

We’re making progress, but we can’t do it alone.

Across the country, Veterans, first responders, and everyday heroes are using their hobbies and passions to help fund our transformative research.

What makes fundraising for CVB different?

100% of all unrestricted donations to Cohen Veterans Bioscience go toward our research to fast-track diagnostics and treatments for brain disorders.

Previous and Ongoing Community-Led Fundraising Events

Do you want to channel your passion or hobby into accelerating solutions for brain trauma? Here’s how to get started:

Decide on your approach. Here are some ideas to spark inspiration:

  • Host an event such as a dinner party/brunch, a golf tournament, car wash, bake sale, yard sale, or dog walk.

  • Celebrate an occasion: birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays are great opportunities to fundraise for an important cause.

  • Plan a raffle: garner support from your community and sell raffle tickets for items donated by local businesses.

  • Ride, Run, climb, hike, swim, walk or dance 22 miles in honor of the 22 Veterans and service members we lose to suicide each day.

  • Contact us to discuss other unique fundraising ideas.

Host a Facebook Fundraiser; here’s how:

  1. Visit https://www.facebook.com/fund/cohenbioscience/

  2. Login to your Facebook account

  3. Set a financial goal and a timeframe

  4. Share why supporting CVB and brain disorder research is important to you

  5. Publish your fundraiser and share it with your friends and family

  6. Supporters can donate directly by mail or online here

Thank you for supporting Cohen Veterans Bioscience.
Together, we have the potential to advance research and improve lives.

100% of your donation will go toward our research that is already making a difference. Every dollar helps. We appreciate your support.

About Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB)

Cohen Veterans Bioscience is a non-profit 501(c)(3) biomedical research and technology organization dedicated to advancing brain health by fast-tracking precision diagnostics and tailored therapeutics.

Donate today to advance solutions for brain trauma.
Together, we can advance research and improve lives.