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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
Feb 25th, 2017
Crystal D. from Austin, TX writes:
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I am 1 in 50
Feb 23rd, 2017
Anne O. from Los Angeles, CA signed.
Feb 23rd, 2017
Malissa B. from Belton, MO writes:
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I am a brain aneurysm warrior, mine has not burst so therefore I am not a survivor but i am however afraid at any moment that I will become one of two things, an angel of God or a survivor. I ask you to please declare September Brain Aneurysm month to bring awareness to everyone. Mine was found by mistake, a mistake that has changed my life forever.
Feb 22nd, 2017
Restinpeace M. from Honolulu, HI writes:
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My mother was 46 when she passed from a brain aneurysm. She leaves behind 9 children, ages from 4 to 26. She was perfectly fine that morning when I spoke to her and the healthiest of my grandmother's 7 kids, but later that evening she said she had a headache and that she didn't really know how to talk. She was rushed to the hospital Friday evening, slipped into a coma on Saturday and passed away 5 in the morning on Sunday. My mother passed September 2012. We weren't prepared, most of us were all still very young. Most people don't know about this, but it kills faster than anything I've ever witnessed. Bringing awareness will save someone's life. It'll save a family from that terrible tragedy. Please declare September as National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month.
Feb 22nd, 2017
Someone from San Lorenzo, CA signed.
Feb 21st, 2017
Stephanie S. from Derry, NH writes:
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I lost my 32 year old brother Brendan Griffin to a brain aneurysm May 24th 2016. He leaves behind his wife and 3 boys (5,3,1) His aneurysm ruptured on May 1st 2016 and passed from complications 23 days later. I hope and pray that no other family has to endure the loss that we have.
Feb 19th, 2017
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Feb 18th, 2017
Dawna J. from Reserve, LA writes:
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We need to bring recognition to brain aneurysms. It is a silent killer. I am a fortunate person as my sister was taken to the er in time to save her life as I knew something was wrong from my experience with being a nurse. My sister's life was saved but many are not. We did a brain aneurysm awareness walk last November in Metairie, La. and out of all the people present for the walk I was truly amazed at how many survivors were at the walk...3....only 3....that is because the 3 that survived were miracles!!! Please make September a national awareness month for brain aneurysm or there may be many many many more who lose their lives to this silent killer!!
Feb 18th, 2017
Crystal G. from Lancaster, PA signed.
Feb 14th, 2017
CORY R. from Duffield, VA signed.
Feb 13th, 2017
Paul K. from West Milton, OH writes:
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I have four repaired brain aneurysm's. One coiled during emergency surgery. (while Hemorrhaging) Three others clipped during two FULL frontal craniotomies thirty days apart. The public needs to be made aware of this silent killer... and have brain scans made a part of a annual physical. Declare September as National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month.
Jan 31st, 2017
Jennifer B. from Grand Rapids, MI signed.
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Angela G. from West Bend, WI signed.
Jan 30th, 2017
Mary H. from West Bend, WI signed.
Dec 15th, 2016
Someone from San Tan Valley, AZ writes:
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Have had family member die from this. Please support this. No one should have to live in fear with out proper help. This is a life threatening condition that drastically impacts all not just the person diagnosed.
Oct 18th, 2016
Someone from Brooklyn, NY signed.
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Samantha S. from Brooklyn, NY signed.
Oct 9th, 2016
Avinash R. from South Richmond Hill, NY signed.
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Michelle K. from Richmond Hill, NY signed.
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Felicia M. from Kew Gardens, NY signed.
Oct 8th, 2016
Divya C. from South Ozone Park, NY signed.
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Zally B. from South Richmond Hill, NY signed.
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I J. from Richmond Hill, NY signed.
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Melissa A. from Jamaica, NY signed.
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Lillie M. from New York, NY signed.
Oct 8th, 2016
Saudia T. from South Richmond Hill, NY writes:
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My 22 year olf daughter died of a left cerebral anyeursm on 9-22-2016. I know the feeling of losing someone vital and bright and full of life - and now not knowing what or how to fill this void. Please sign and share of you can. God bless.
Oct 7th, 2016
Someone from South Richmond Hill, NY signed.
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Zaleena R. from Frackville, PA signed.
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Ayana C. from Valley Stream, NY signed.
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Selena E. from Champlin, MN signed.
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Justine B. from Brooklyn, NY signed.
Oct 6th, 2016
Jerome N. from Brooklyn, NY writes:
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For my friend who needed the support.
Oct 6th, 2016
Reshmi E. from Ozone Park, NY signed.