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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
James S. from Bemidji, MN signed.
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Kelly T. from Braintree, MA writes:
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I lost my 51 year old cousin and uncle to a brain aneurysm. I also have a good friend who has survived one.
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Barbara S. from Mechanicsburg, PA writes:
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I am a brain aneurysm survivor. Luckily, mine was an incidental finding and was able to be repaired before I had any problems. Many lives are lost or drastically changed due to there currently being no routine testing for aneurysms. The cost of screening and repair of brain aneurysms far outweigh the long term medical costs for emergency surgeries, hosptializations and rehabilitation necessary should one rupture.
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MARY B. from Virginia Beach, VA writes:
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I have personally known 2 people who have died from brain aneurysms in the past year.
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Ashley D. from Howell, MI signed.
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Heather F. from Winston Salem, NC writes:
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My Uncle had a brain aneurysm before I was born and although he did not die(thank god, that was a miracle in itself) it did render him with almost no short term memory and he has had to spend the last 30 years in a group home for the mentally disabled. he has to take several medications daily because of this. from what my family has told me he had no symptoms, no warning signs before this happened.
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dennis r s. from Oakland Gardens, NY signed.
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Gail M. from Canton, MI signed.
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DANIELLE C. from Point Pleasant Beach, NJ writes:
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I WAS 23 YEARS OLD WHEN I HAD A RUPTURED BRAIN ANEURSYM WITH NO WARNING. PLEASE SPREAD AWARENESS!!
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Linda L. from Lexington, KY signed.
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Steve G. from West Wareham, MA writes:
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Our family has also been affected by a brain aneurysm. We definitely support awareness.
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