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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 (14,182)
60 minutes ago
Holly S. from Saint Petersburg, FL writes:
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As a sibling, niece, and cousin of brain aneurysm victims, I would strongly encourage you to advocate for this cause.
Jul 20th, 2017
Someone from Charlotte, NC writes:
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This resolution would be so impactful. As a survior of a unruptued aneurysm repair. I am so fortunate to have my brother, a nurse advise all of his sibligs to be checked as my father suffered a burst aneurysm. We need a national effort to inform all immunities, especially those who have statically higher chnagces of being predisposed to anenurysms.
Jul 19th, 2017
Someone from Fort Lauderdale, FL writes:
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My mom just passed from a ruptured aneurysm June 2, 2017. No one knew about it until this tragedy. Surgery did not work for her. Everything was so sudden.
Jul 19th, 2017
Sheila S. from Alexandria, VA writes:
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For #ChrisMarch
Jul 18th, 2017
CYNTHIA S. from Minneapolis, MN signed.
Jul 17th, 2017
Stephanie B. from Windsor Mill, MD writes:
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My mother in law had a brain anyuresm and lucky she had was having early symptoms of severe headaches. It was caught early enough that surgery could be performed, clips put in and no extreme side effects.
Jul 17th, 2017
Ifalade W. from Denver, NC writes:
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Signed
Jul 17th, 2017
K S. from Laurel, MD writes:
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My Aunt was lucky to have had her aneurysm caught by chance and clamped. However, it had caused her life long issues such as unexplained uncontrollable seizures and now because of the clamps she is unable to have an MRI to see the possible brain damage... That's Just why I think it's time to have this problem solved!
Jul 16th, 2017
Deborah S. from Gwynn Oak, MD signed.
Jul 16th, 2017
Patricia B. from Temple Hills, MD signed.