September Is National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month
Posted Sep 09 2013 10:59am
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation Launches “Pay it Forward by Playing it Forward” Campaign.
Every year, 30,000 people in the United States will suffer from a ruptured brain aneurysm. 40% of these individuals will die. Those that survive often face significant challenges, greatly impacting their lives and the lives of their families.
In 2011, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution filed by then U.S. Senator John Kerry and co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Scott Brown and Olympia Snow, designating September as National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. Many states have also signed on, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.
In 2013, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation will celebrate National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month by launching a campaign called Pay it Forward by Playing it Forward.
The campaign is designed to encourage individuals to ask their primary care physicians to learn more about identifying a brain aneurysm. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation has produced Early Detection of Brain Aneurysms: Life VS Death, an educational video on the warning signs to help identify if an individual is experiencing a brain aneurysm. Despite widespread neuroimaging availability, misdiagnosis or a delay in diagnosis occurs in up to 25% of patients with a brain aneurysm. This leads to an increased risk of a ruptured aneurysm. However, if a brain aneurysm is diagnosed early with proper screening, it can be treated before it ruptures.
Also in September, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation will officially award ten grants totaling $205,000 to individuals conducting scientific research directed at early detection, improved treatment modalities, and technological advances that will ultimately improve outcomes for patients with brain aneurysms. The grants will be awarded at the Seventh Annual Brain Aneurysm Foundation Research Grant Symposium on September 12, 2013 in Seattle, WA. For a full listing of grants being awarded, visit http://www.bafound.org.
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the nation’s only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysms. In 2013, communities throughout the nation will join with The Brain Aneurysm Foundation to host events and fundraisers with a common goal in mind – to help raise public awareness and understanding of brain aneurysms. For more information about The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, the research grants and events taking place around the United States, please visit http://www.bafound.org.
About the Brain Aneurysm Foundation
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in Boston, MA on August 19, 1994 as a public charity. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the nation’s only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing critical awareness, education, support and research funding to reduce the incidence of brain aneurysm ruptures. The organization also provides education materials and awareness information to health care professionals and the general population, as well as providing support for patients and their loved ones.
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation relies on fundraising support from individuals and organizations to continue to fund education and research to promote early detection of brain aneurysms, which ultimately saves lives. For more information, visit: http://www.bafound.org .