What is the Puzzle Challenge?
The Challenge is a fun way to discover more about the brain’s many functions – and a humorous way to share these facts with friends, loved ones and colleagues.
It’s also an unique way to make a donation to help our medical researchers solve the “puzzle” of head trauma, which is caused by a violent blow to the head that too often damages–or even destroys–neurons or brain cells.
Why the Puzzle Challenge?
We want to raise $500,000...
… so that patients can receive the most effective treatments in the days immediately following the head trauma.
… to reduce or eliminate the after-effects felt by shaken babies, as well as pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, skiers and other sports enthusiasts–including hockey, football and soccer players–at risk of suffering from serious head trauma.
… to improve the survival rate and quality of life for injured persons.
How to participate in the Puzzle Challenge
Each “virtual brain cell” represents a fascinating and impressive skill or a delightful and charming personality trait. Done in the spirit of good humour, the selected skills or personality traits are described and playfully presented on a virtual puzzle piece sent by email!
The happy recipient thus gets a greeting card announcing that they have received some brain cells from a particular part of the brain, with a teasing reminder of why these traits are so important. Click here to see a sample card with “virtual brain cells” presented on a puzzle piece.
How to send virtual brain cells
To start sending virtual brain cells, simply click on one of the brain lobes.
The consequences of head trauma
The brain is made up of neurons grouped into lobes, which–like pieces of a puzzle–work together to arrange behaviour and manage our vital functions. It is the most complex and the most important of all our organs.
A head trauma may cause damage or even destroy a person’s neurons, thus limiting their ability to reason, react, move, touch, taste, orient, listen, understand, speak, feel, stay balanced, coordinate movement, remember, see, recognize…
The brain controls everything. The brain is the person! By sending virtual brain cells, you’ll support experts as they develop better treatments for head injuries. Thank you in advance for helping patients big and small find the “missing pieces” lost to head trauma.