Founding organization – SJBF

The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation (SJBF) was established in 2007 by Patrick Donohue, whose daughter was violently shaken by her baby nurse when she was five days old, breaking four ribs, both collarbones and causing a severe brain injury. The mission of SJBF is to change the world for Sarah Jane and the millions of other children, youth and young adults who suffer from brain injury and other brain-based disorders by improving services, training and research in this country and beyond. Brain injury in youth can result in widespread impairments in cognition, motor abilities, behavior and social function. As the brain remains in a developmental phase until around age 25, a child/adolescent’s recovery from a brain injury is a complex process that requires an informed, coordinated interdisciplinary response between the medical, educational and rehabilitation systems—one that is currently lacking in many parts of our country. For more information about The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, please visit: