Frank Toral, the Founder of the Toral Family Foundation (and Senior Partner at Toral Law, Attorneys at Law) and Latha Ganti Stead MD, MBA, MS, FACEP, the Professor of Emergency Medicine and Neurological Surgery and Chief of Clinical Research at the University of Florida College of Medicine, have both been featured in Florida Gator Alumni Magazine due to the Toral Family Foundation’s collaboration on improving the quality of life for those who have sustained a TBI. Dedicated to providing hope, the Toral Family Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on improving the lives of individuals whose lives have been affected by a brain or spinal cord injury.
In the United States, at least one individual sustains a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) nearly every 21 seconds. As a result, 5.3 million Americans are currently disabled due to a TBI. It is not uncommon for a TBI to go undetected at first glance, therefore, these types of injuries should be examined much more closely than they have been in the past, as even mild TBI’s may have long-term effects. Due to the fact that TBI’s are difficult to detect, they are commonly known as the silent epidemic and several TBI’s remain undiagnosed.
“Giving Hope”, the featured article in Gator Alumni Magazine, provides readers details of what led to Frank Toral’s motivation to starting the foundation. In addition, the article also explains how TFF (Toral Family Foundation) took the necessary steps to fund a TBI professorship under the department of Emergency Medicine. Not only do both Toral and Stead both dedicate their lives to making a difference in the field of TBI, they also strive to help those whom have been affected by TBI and their families find hope.