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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
Melissa H. from Philadelphia, PA signed.
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Sandy T. from Columbus, OH writes:
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I had a friend that had one just going into College BasketBall game Medics saved her life
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Tonie-Alisha O. from Thorofare, NJ writes:
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I lost my Aunt to a brain aneursym almost 10 years ago. She was 54 at the time and had no symptoms whatsoever. I will do anything I can to help raise awareness to this issue.
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Julie D. from Brentwood, CA writes:
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My brother died a month ago from a brain aneurysm. He was a very healthy 59 year old man with no warning signs that he had an aneurysm. Please help raise awareness to this issue.
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margarita p. from Philadelphia, PA signed.
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L. Mark D. from Buzzards Bay, MA writes:
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Please take note, I know too many that could of been helped with awareness!
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Georgina R. from Chino, CA writes:
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For Erika always remembered
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Linda Z. from Marcus Hook, PA writes:
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I am one of the lucky ones to have been diagnosed early with 2 aneurysms and was able to have one treated before rupture. I do live with another small anerysm which I will have to watch the rest of my life. Please help raise awareness of brain aneurysms, for some of us, it's a matter of life and death!
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Valencia V. from Boynton Beach, FL writes:
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Knowledge is POWER.
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Laura G. from Terre Haute, IN writes:
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Love and miss you S.D.D!
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KIM K. from Sorrento, LA writes:
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http://www.lopa.org/dru.html PLEASE READ ABOUT MY NIECE, THANK YOU
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Michael W. from Forest Hills, NY writes:
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My grandmother, my mother, and I all had brain aneurysms that resulted in SAH. We all lived, but both my grandmother and mother experienced serious decreases in quality of life and increases in health care costs. I was a lot luckier than both of them, but I still wear many physical, emotional, and financial scars from the experience.