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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. 

 

Public Comments
Aug 31st, 2011
K. Regina V. from Denton, TX writes:
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On August 17, 2006, my son suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and subarachnoid hemorrhage at age 25. His neurosurgeon was able to clip his bleed and miraculously, he survived. We just celebrated the 5th year of his survival Aug 2011.
Aug 31st, 2011
Heidi S. from Hopkinton, MA writes:
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My father, Tom Mohn, died from an aneurysm in September of 1992. I gladly and whole heartedly supporr this petition to deem September Brain Aneurysm Awareness month.
Aug 31st, 2011
Eric G. from New York, NY signed.
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Ginger V. from Mulberry, FL signed.
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Kit A. from Ottawa, OH writes:
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I am a 4-year survivor of a ruptured brain aneurysm. I am one of the lucky ones. Early diagnosis is critical.
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Colleen G. from Oceanside, NY signed.
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Amber T. from Chandler, AZ writes:
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A Survivor!
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Joanne K. from Milford, OH writes:
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I too am one of the lucky ones - fast action and a great medical team saved my life. But before then, I had no idea what the symptoms of an aneurysm were or what to do if I had them. It's a good thing that somebody close to me knew. Everyone needs to know!
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Amber T. from Chandler, AZ writes:
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Survivor!
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silvia c. from Del Rio, TX signed.
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Donna M. from Lexington, KY writes:
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I was one of the lucky ones. My aneurysm was found early and repaired. Others need to know the dangers and awareness.
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Robert S. from South Pasadena, CA writes:
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Brain As can strike without warning. I should know.
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Maria M. from New Bedford, MA signed.
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Margaret L. from Plymouth, MI writes:
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Shirley was a wonderful, friendly, loving person who is missed by all who knew her.
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JoAnn J. from Northville, MI signed.
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Jeannette W. from Valley Head, WV writes:
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My brother-in-law collapsed suddenly while alone on Jan. 21, 2008 from a brain aneurysm. He was unresponsive when found by my sister, his wife. He died two days later. He was 58 yrs. old-leaving two children. The shock of his loss was overwhelming.
Aug 31st, 2011
Katie P. from Saint Louis, MO writes:
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This is an awesome thing. I lost a very, very important and close family member at a very young age to a brain aneurysm. I miss him every day.
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Daniel N. from Olmsted Falls, OH signed.
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April M. from Troutville, VA signed.
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Veronica S. from Dryfork, WV writes:
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lost a brother-in-law to an aneurysm three years ago. have a nurse friend who has had several clipped. Also massage therapist who survived a bleed.
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Charlotte H. from Buchanan, VA signed.
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