- Products & Services
- Knowledge Base
"As horrible as this event was, I now am very confident in my choice to go into the medical field."
NEW YORK, NY, October 13, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) are among the most devastating injuries a person can experience, having lifelong impacts and altering cognitive and physical abilities. Morelli Law Firm started its TBI Survivor Scholarship with the goal of providing financial assistance to a victim of a traumatic brain injury as they pursue higher education.
Jenna C., a psychobiology student at UCLA with a minor in brain and behavioral health, is this year's winner of the $10,000 award. Her essay centered on a terrifying incident in which she was the victim of a violent crime. While she and her friend Rudy were driving, a stranger slammed his car into theirs, pinning them against the guardrail. He then chased Jenna after she escaped the car, attempting a sexual assault before her friend caught up and fought the stranger off.
As a result of this heinous act, Jenna was left with a traumatic brain injury, severe post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional trauma, and physical wounds. However, the experience has strengthened her resolve to enter the medical field.
"As horrible as this event was, I now am very confident in my choice to go into the medical field. I have a strong desire to help others, and this event gave me the clarity to know that I am on the right path for my future," she wrote in her winning essay.
Jenna C. is no stranger to TBIs. Years earlier, she suffered her first traumatic brain injury after falling off a horse. "I had three subarachnoid hemorrhages, was airlifted to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and almost had brain surgery," she told Morelli Law Firm representatives. After overcoming many challenges (such as intense headaches, brain fog, and memory loss), Jenna was still set on helping others.
She started working with the Bresee Foundation, tutoring young people and helping them get their grades up in school. A four-year practitioner and teacher of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, she has worked with UCLA's BJJ team and is in talks with the Bresee Foundation to start up a BJJ training program with their organization.
Morelli Law Firm is a personal injury firm located in New York. Founded by nationally recognized attorney Benedict Morelli, the firm has won more than $1 billion in compensation for its clients. As personal injury lawyers, the team at Morelli Law have worked with many clients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. They know the devastation these injuries can cause, and are proud to offer their $10,000 scholarship to someone as deserving and driven as Jenna C.
# # #