Yatsko, a brain injury survivor and awareness advocate, will join the Pennsylvania affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America.
Bethlehem, PA. – July 2, 2019 – PBS39’s Tracy Yatsko has been named to the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors. The mission of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania (BIAPA) is to maximize the quality of life for those with brain injuries and their families.
Yatsko has been a brain injury awareness advocate and public speaker for more than a decade. While in high school, the Tamaqua native sustained a brain injury playing basketball. After many unsuccessful treatment options, she met a specialist who helped her overcome her disability. Yatsko has made it her mission to use her voice to stand up for the brain injury community.
“It is fascinating to see how life comes full circle,” Yatsko said. “As a teenager, I worked to protect youth athletes from concussions. Now, nearly a decade later, I can truly create serious change. It is no longer about me, it is about preventing brain injury and protecting all survivors.”
In March 2019, during Brain Injury Awareness Month, Yatsko produced and hosted a special on brain injury called Out of the Darkness. During her time at PBS39, Yatsko has hosted and produced Your Take with Tracy Yatsko and two seasons of Reporters Roundtable. She has hosted a live community forum on safety in schools, produced and appeared in segments of Let’s Go! and starred in a two-part summer series, Tracy Tries It. Yatsko also contributes stories to PBS39 News Tonight as a special correspondent.
“The impact of Tracy Yatsko’s work extends beyond the Greater Lehigh Valley,” Tim Fallon, Chief Executive Officer at PBS39 said. “ She is a tremendous ambassador for both PBS39 and the brain injury community.”
Follow Tracy Yatsko on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to keep up with her work. To learn about PBS39’s programs and initiatives, visit PBS39.org. Call the free brain injury resource line at 1-800-444-6443 or visit BIAPA.org to learn more.
PBS39 acts as the catalyst to promote civic engagement, and to fulfill the regional needs of the Greater Lehigh Valley through its dynamic communication platforms and resources. PBS39 Reporter Corps journalists are embedded in the ten counties that make up the Greater Lehigh Valley. The Reporter Corps creates community-focused content for PBS39 News Tonight and for the PBS39 digital platform. PBS39 and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley are partnering to fund and fulfill the regional literacy initiative Lehigh Valley Reads. This campaign is working to ensure all Lehigh Valley students read on grade level by the end of third grade by 2025. PBS39, part of Greater Lehigh Valley Public Media, is a community-owned public media station serving eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. PBS39 is licensed in Allentown to the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. For more information, visit PBS39.org.
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