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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 9th, 2016
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Aug 9th, 2016
Connie O H. from Ringoes, NJ writes:
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I had an unanticipated ruptured brain aneurysm on May 5, 2016. Due to the quick action of a best friend, 911, the local EMS, Hunterdon Medical Center and Drs. Gupta and Roychowdhury at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, I am alive and recovering well. They found a second potential aneurysm during the clipping procedure so I'm going in on September 1 for Transvascular Imbolusion. I had no idea...
Aug 7th, 2016
Robin H. from La Follette, TN writes:
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I lost my wife Sherry of 33 years she was 53 years old on 05/28/16 of a brain aneurysm in a similar manner as Shirley Demmer only we did not have any children. Sherry exercised regularly ate correctly, saw her doctors on a yearly basis and was in seemingly perfect health. We were walking at least three miles, three to four times a week if not more. On 5/26/16 she was at work for a half day and getting ready to leave and walked by a co-workers office and stopped for a second and he said are you okay!!, and she said no i have the worst headache of my life. He said do you need to go to the hospital and she said yes, so he took her directly to the ER and they did an MRI and said that she had bleeding on the brain and they transferred her to another hospital for further testing and treatment. When she got there we found out she had two aneurysms one on each side of the base of her brain and one had ruptured causing massive bleeding and damaged her brain severely and she passed away on 5/28/16.
Aug 5th, 2016
Courtney G. from Richlands, NC writes:
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My 6-year old boy is currently in the hospital recovering from a brain aneurysm. Raising awareness is important!
Aug 4th, 2016
Alexis M. from Grand Prairie, TX signed.
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Elizabeth D. from Maineville, OH writes:
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I am a survivor! Please help bring awareness to this very important cause!
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Franciane M. from Saugus, MA writes:
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Im only 30 and I am a brain aneurysm survivor!
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