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Raleigh high school student plans Battle of the Bands fundraiser to raise money, awareness of brain health

February 19, 2019
Courtesy: Charlotte Fullbright

A sophomore at Broughton High School is behind a battle of the bands fundraising event next month that’s inspired, in part, by her grandfather.

Charlotte Fullbright is organizing Maintain Your Brain Battle of the Bands from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., March 23, on the front lawn of Broughton High School on Peace Street near downtown Raleigh. The community event will feature student performers from high schools across Wake County. The winning band will get to open for a headliner at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre.

It also will raise money for the Triangle Aphasia Project, which supports people with aphasia, which is the loss of the ability to understand or express speech, and their families.

“Neurological health is an issue that affects people of all ages, and the goal of this event is to increase awareness and raise funds for brain health issues,” Fullbright tells me.

The issue is close to Fullbright’s heart.

“With my Granddaddy affected by a brain hemorrhagic stroke, and a history of dementia on both sides of my family, I have a personal connection to the subject of neurological health,” according to Fullbright, who also is a varsity volleyball player at Broughton. “As an athlete, I am well aware of the increased focus on prevention and treatment of concussions and traumatic brain injury. I want to do something to help.”

Fullbright has rallied much of the community behind her cause. The afternoon will include the bands-style competition, along with food trucks and informational booths. High school students from Broughton, Cary Academy, Apex, Cardinal Gibbons, the Wake Men’s Leadership Academy, Sanderson, Millbrook and elsewhere are publicizing the event.

And Fullbright is working to secure additional donations. You can learn more about Maintain Your Brain and how to help on the Maintain Your Brain website.