In the Community
It’s an important part of the spirit of Brio to share its time and talent towards the improvement of health and wellness of those in need. Volunteer activities may be done on a case-by-case situation or on an on-going basis.
Improving Cancer Treatment Rooms
In 2010, the Brio Founders conducted clinical environmental observations in the Department of Pediatric Oncology and discovered the need for a redesign of a pediatric cancer patient treatment rooms was identified. The Brio team felt they could improve the experience for the child and the caregivers. Based on observations and discussion with clinicians and radiation safety experts, the MIC Fellows focused on three areas for improvement: room design, patient and caregiver safety, and communication between patient and family. They worked in collaboration with the experts connected through the UM Medical Innovation Center to create room designs for various centers providing MIBG treatment across the country.
New recommended room redesigns have been created to make the the room safer, more comfortable and nurturing for pediatric patients receiving radioiodine labeled metaiodobenzylguanidine (I-131 MIBG). I-131 MIBG is a highly radioactive cancer treatment for neuroblastoma. Children undergoing the treatment often are as young as three years old.
The Brio Founders continue to volunteer their time, imagination and skills to improving the environment and experience for patients, families and caregivers receiving treatment for this pernicious childhood cancer.
Feeding the Hungry
Brio Device is involved with hands-on volunteering activities as kitchen crew for Food Gatherers and the Community Kitchen located in the Robert J. Delonis Center at 312 W. Huron Street in Ann Arbor. As volunteers, the Brio team prepares and serves meals for those in need.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Brio Device’ CEO, Hannah Hensel, is a volunteer for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) through its Team in Training program. As a volunteer in Team in Training, Hannah raises funds for research and development of cures and treatments for blood cancers. The program also provides training to participants for endurance sports programs as a means of honoring those who have suffered from blood cancer. In 2012 Hannah participated in a half-marathon in Anchorage, Alaska and a full marathon in Chicago and raised over $7,500 for LLS.