Former KTAR host Darrell Ankarlo champions non-profit for TBI patients

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PHOENIX -- The Ankarlo Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Project is working to raise awareness and resources for military, police personnel and others who suffer from TBI.

The kickoff event is Saturday, Oct. 29 at Republic West Remodeling, which is the main sponsor of the non-profit organization.

KTAR talk-show host Darrell Ankarlo suffered a TBI himself when he was involved in a serious car crash nearly three years ago. Even with intense rehabilitation and therapy, his injury eventually took him off the air.

Now Ankarlo is focusing all of his attention on this one issue, which has become extremely personal, determined to help others who are dealing with a TBI.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, "a TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain."

While not every blow to the head results in a TBI, CDC numbers show that about 1.7 million people sustain a TBI each year. The majority of those are concussions or other forms of mild TBI, but the CDC says there are a "substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability."

Severe TBI can affect attention and memory, motor function, sensation and emotion.

For more information on the Darrell Ankarlo TBI Project, call 480-481-9595 or visit www.facebook.com/AnkarloTBI.