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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
Christine S. from Audubon, NJ writes:
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My Mom passed away at age 60 from complications during a coiling, my uncle, grandfather all passed from Brain Aneurysm's and I have been diagnosed! Knowledge is power!
Aug 31st, 2011
Michael S. from East Rockaway, NY signed.
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Erinn H. from Houston, TX signed.
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Lauren M. from Arlington, VA writes:
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My mother had a brain aneurysm on June 22, 2009. There is virtually no public information about this particular medical issue and that needs to change.
Aug 31st, 2011
Brenda S. from Bradenton, FL writes:
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My mom died at age 46 and my brother died at age 59 because of ruptured brain aneurysm and subarachnoid hemorrhage. After my brother died I was tested and I too had a brain aneurysm. Mine was caught in time and coiled. Brain aneurysm can be hereditary and families need to be informed.
Aug 31st, 2011
Wendee V. from Kaysville, UT writes:
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I am an aneurysm survivor, thanks to early detection and surgery.
Aug 31st, 2011
Maria R. from San Antonio, TX writes:
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Awareness is what so many illnesses and disorders need!
Aug 31st, 2011
Rachel S. from Van Buren, IN writes:
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I think that if people were aware of brain aneurysms there might be less deaths from it. When mine first leaked I was treated for a migraine in which I had never had a migraine beforeand there was no test ran to see why I all the sudden I got a migraine when it wasnt a migraine. There should definitely be more awareness to help people understand how they effect you.
Aug 31st, 2011
Gina D. from Lakeside, CA signed.
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Miriam T. from Sierra Madre, CA signed.
Aug 31st, 2011
Rachel S. from Van Buren, IN writes:
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I think that if people were aware of brain aneurysms there might be less deaths from it. When mine first leaked I was treated for a migraine in which I had never had a migraine beforeand there was no test ran to see why I all the sudden I got a migraine when it wasnt a migraine. There should definitely be more awareness to help people understand how they effect you.
Aug 31st, 2011
Rev. Judy T. from North Hollywood, CA signed.
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Someone from Lexington, KY signed.
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Ginny T. from Plymouth, MA writes:
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Make a difference- support brain aneurysm awareness!
Aug 31st, 2011
Tammy C. from Louisburg, NC signed.
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Zera H. from Gretna, LA writes:
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I am a survivor of two ruptured brain aneurysms. It is very important to have society awareness of aneurysms.
Aug 31st, 2011
JACKIE S. from Neligh, NE signed.
Aug 31st, 2011
Stephanie T. from Lindale, TX writes:
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One of my close friends died of a brain aneurysm on November 4,2007 at the age of 18 and then my grandmother died of a brain aneurysm on November 24, 2010. I support this petition full heartedly!
Aug 31st, 2011
Rebecca S. from Tucson, AZ writes:
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My mom suffered a brain aneurysm on her 50th and passed away six days later. She went over seven hours without the proper treatment. Please support a bill that would bring much needed attention and awareness to brain aneurysms!
Aug 31st, 2011
Jessica M. from Ridgewood, NY signed.
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Brenda H. from Altoona, IA signed.
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Debra R. from Burbank, CA signed.
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Patty A. from Northville, MI signed.
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Kristen K. from Englewood, CO signed.
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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.
Aug 31st, 2011
Colleen G. from Oceanside, NY signed.
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Amber T. from Chandler, AZ writes:
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A Survivor!
Aug 31st, 2011
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!
Aug 31st, 2011
Amber T. from Chandler, AZ writes:
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Survivor!
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Veronica B. from Kuna, ID writes:
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Someone from Wilsonville, OR signed.
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maggie H. from West Chester, PA signed.
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silvia c. from Del Rio, TX signed.
Aug 31st, 2011
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.
Aug 31st, 2011
Robert S. from South Pasadena, CA writes:
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Brain As can strike without warning. I should know.
Aug 31st, 2011
Maria M. from New Bedford, MA signed.