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Tell Congress: Put Brain Aneurysm Awareness On The Map

You Can Help Declare September as National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month

Shirley Dudek Demmer was a loving wife and the proud mother of two sons and a daughter. Just 54 years old, she was focused on planning for the future with her husband and children. She tirelessly dedicated her life to the family she cherished, the home that she treasured, and the community that she loved. This all changed on November 12, 2007.

In the midst of preparing dinner one night, Shirley collapsed suddenly. Her husband called an ambulance and she was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors broke the news to her stunned family that a brain aneurysm rupture had caused catastrophic damage. Surgeons tried to repair the damage, but were unable to save her.

Shirley's family was shocked by her sudden death that came without warning. Shirley exercised regularly and was in seemingly perfect health. Her husband said she had had every medical test that was recommended and kept meticulous notes of the results.

Shirley was a person of extreme warmth and caring. Throughout her life, she was dedicated to family, faith and community. Her philanthropic efforts, particularly in the area of women's rights and violence against women, had a remarkable effect on everyone whose lives she touched. Her three children were never able to say goodbye. Her husband, her family and her friends were left trying to make sense of their loss. They lost a mother, a wife, a good friend, and an important member of her town’s community.

Every year over 30,000 families in the U.S. experience the unspeakable tragedy caused by a ruptured brain aneurysm.  About 40% of those experiencing a ruptured brain aneurysm will die. Those that survive often face significant challenges, greatly impacting their lives and the lives of their families.
 
Families like Shirley's are asking you for your support by sending a message to your representatives in Congress by signing this petition. 

1 in 50 people will develop a brain aneurysm. If a brain aneurysm is diagnosed early with proper screening, it can be treated before it ruptures.  Lives can be saved if people know the risks, the signs, and when to get help.

It is critical that you help raise awareness of brain aneurysms, including methods of early detection and treatment.

Your support of H. Res. 667 introduced by Representative Tiberi and Representative Neal would have a tremendous impact and would be much appreciated by those whose lives have been impacted by brain aneurysms, as well as a big thank you to the Senate for passing resolution S. Res. 438, sponsored by Senator Markey and Senator Ayotte.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation asks you to please sign below to support H. Res. 667 and to thank your Senators for passing S. Res. 438 to make September National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. 

 

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Public Comments (14,147)
Jun 18th, 2017
Gabriela L. from Glendale, CA writes:
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I just lost my mom suddenly who was healthy and we didn't see the symptoms. She lost her dad the same way.
Jun 17th, 2017
Jennifer G. from Reno, NV writes:
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21years later when I was 26yrs old, I had a aneurysm rupture in my Brain, It was Aug 1, 2014 and since then I have had 5 more aneurysm on top of the one that had ruptured. I have had 5 total major Brain surgeries so far. I wish I could live a normal 29yr old life, but my life has changed. I Believe in this bill an I do believe that we all need to bring awareness to this terrible thing. I will always tell my story and try to bring awareness because everyone should know about this.
Jun 16th, 2017
Deanne T. from Upper Marlboro, MD writes:
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In loving memory of my big brother Chris March. Let's help raise awareness of brain aneurysms.
Jun 15th, 2017
Elizabeth B. from Laurel, MD writes:
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In memory of Chris March, please tell the public about early detection and treatment of brain aneurysms.
Jun 15th, 2017
Jody L. from Baltimore, MD writes:
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In memory of Chris March, please make others more aware of brain aneurysms.
Jun 15th, 2017
Tiki N. from Lanham, MD writes:
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For my close friend Reggie Pope and for Chris March
Jun 15th, 2017
Nicole T. from Upper Marlboro, MD writes:
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For Chris March!!
Jun 15th, 2017
Tanya P. from Clarksburg, MD signed.
Jun 15th, 2017
Someone from Bowie, MD writes:
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For Chris March!!!
Jun 15th, 2017
Sheila S. from Alexandria, VA writes:
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For Chris March