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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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Aug 31st, 2011
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Angela P. from Pasadena, CA writes:
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My mom is one of the lucky few who has survived a ruptured brain aneurysm in Sept. 2006 thanks to the fast acting expert surgeons, nurses, and staff at Mass General Hospital in Boston. Not unlike Shirley, my mom was in seemingly good health exercising regularly and following doctors orders. This traumatic event has forever changed our family and has been met with a long road to recovery for my mom. While it has been 5 years since her aneurysm has occurred, and she has worked extremely hard every day to regain the life she once had, she still struggles with her vision. Every day our family is thankful that we still have her around and that we were in such close proximity to the best medical care in the country, if not the world. Unfortunately there are way too many people who are unaware of the symptoms associated with aneurysms and jus how deadly aneurysms can be. Creating more awareness through the dedication of September (a special month for our family) as National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month lives and families can be saved through early diagnosis!
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My mom survived a brain aneurysm in September 2006. I couldn't imagine how hard my life would be without her. Every year we celebrate this day because we all know how lucky we are to still have her here.
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Maryann P. from Newmarket, NH writes:
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I am a brain aneurysm survivor, coming up on a 5 year anniversary 9/19/11. I am one of the lucky ones, back to a normal life, back to work, and back to enjoying my family. We need more money for research to combat this silent killer that sneaks up on people as it did to me. Making September National Brain Aneurysm Awareness month is an extremely important step towards this goal.
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I am a brain aneurysm survivor and would love to see September as Aneurysm Awareness Month.
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