MILLBURN, NJ - As an official kickoff to brain injury awareness month, the Millburn Township Committee presented the Opportunity Project of Millburn with an official proclamation recognizing the month and the group's efforts.

At a late-morning ceremony in the group's headquarters, Millburn Mayor Diane Eglow was on hand to re-issue the proclamation. Julie London, the Development Coordinator for the Organization was present to receive it. London was joined by the founders of Opportunity Project, Chairman Marc Berson, and board members Rita Yohalen and Lisa Goldman.

Working with people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury, the Opportunity Project provides several services, including cognitive training, occupational therapy, vocational training and community integration to help those affected.

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For London, the recognition from the township in the proclamation is nice to see, as it shows the organization that there is support for their efforts.

"I think that makes a huge difference in a positive way," London said. "Millburn Township has always been supportive of Opportunity Project and as the chairman, Mr. Berson was saying, that makes a huge difference for us here. It's wonderful to get that support and be acknowledged."

London added, "I think it's wonderful for the members to see the township represented at the clubhouse. We love it when people from the community come to our clubhouse to see what we do because everyone leaves understanding how wonderful our programs are."

And for Mayor Eglow, bringing exposure to the organization is something she is happy to do.

"It's actually a little emotional for me," Eglow said. "Because this is something that I don't think people are aware of...we have this right here in our town. It's really important that our residents know about this."

Brain Injury Awareness Month continues through the end of March.