Brain injury occurs suddenly, without warning. In an instant life is changed, forever.

Ben Fanelli knows this first hand after he suffered a serious brain injury that halted his hockey career. And that is why he founded Head Strong; Fanelli 4 Brain Injury Awareness: a program designed to raise awareness about brain injuries.

Through Head Strong, Ben provides his services as a guest speaker to various groups and events throughout Ontario with the goal of increasing awareness for brain injuries and brain injuries in sport. "A concussion is a brain injury now and is common in my sport, hockey,” Ben states. “I want to make it known that there is a way to help.”

Since its launch in March 2011, Head Strong has experienced a tremendous amount of support and has garnered praise and recognition from some of the biggest names in the sports industry including Don Cherry.

"I sustained a very serious head injury and was blessed with an amazing recovery." Ben said. "I feel in a way it is my duty to spread awareness for brain injuries and gain support for others affected."

He went on to say, “It’s absolutely amazing to feel the support, I can’t even find words to describe it. The respect I feel and the adrenaline it gives me pushes me to work harder.”

Thank you to all those who have helped support Head Strong. To view Ben Fanelli's player biography, please CLICK HERE.


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Have Head Strong's Ben Fanelli at your next event. Limited opportunities are available. Submit the form below to inquire about a booking and to receive rates. Replies will be made within 4-5 business days. Rates/fees may be waived for some groups.

Appearance is based on a one-hour time allowance. Ben's talk is aproximately 20 minutes in length. The 40 minutes outside of this time is open for your introduction of Ben and also a question and answer period at the end of the talk.

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All monetary donations directly benefit the Brain Injury Association of Canada.
To make a donation online, please CLICK HERE. Enter the amount you wish to donate in the required field and choose HEAD STRONG as your designation for the donation.

The BIAC helps to improve the quality of life for all Canadians affected by acquired brain injury and promote its prevention. BIAC is dedicated to facilitate post-trauma research, education and advocacy in partnership with national, provincial/territorial and regional associations and other stakeholders. For more information on the BIAC, please visit their website here.