State of Texas Declares September 2011 to be Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month

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The Texas State Legislature has declared September 2011 to be Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. The resolution is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of brain aneurysms and increase public awareness of the symptoms and treatments available.

On April 28, 2011 the Texas State Legislature passed a resolution declaring September 2011 to be Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. The resolution is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of brain aneurysms and increase public awareness of the symptoms and treatments available.

The resolution was sponsored by Representative Vicki Truitt. Truitt filed the resolution at the recommendation of Dana Beard, whose son, Taylor Mangham, passed away from a brain aneurysm in January 2010 at the age of 15.

“We are thrilled to have September designated as Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month here in Texas,” said Dana Beard. “We want to urge everyone to use this time for fundraisers, walks and awareness events. Together, we can truly make a difference in educating individuals about the dangers of brain aneurysms and help prevent other families from experiencing a loss like ours.”

As part of Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month, the Brain Aneurysm Race for Awareness 5 K / 1 Mile Fun Run in Memory of Taylor G. Mangham will take place on September 24, 2011 at Trinity Park. The event will commemorate the life of Taylor and raise funds for research for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. More information or to register, visit http://www.bafound.org

About Brain Aneurysms
Brain aneurysms can occur in anyone, at any age. An estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Each year, about 24,000 people in the U.S. will suffer from a ruptured brain aneurysm. About 40% of those experiencing a ruptured brain aneurysm will die.

People who suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm will often have warning signs. The following warning signs precede about 40% of major ruptures, including localized headache, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, blurred or double vision, sensitivity to light and loss of sensation

If the brain aneurysm is diagnosed early with proper screening, it can be treated before it ruptures, saving lives.    However, most people with unruptured brain aneurysms are completely asymptomatic have no symptoms, while others may experience some or all of the following symptoms, which suggest an aneurysm, including cranial nerve palsy, dilated pupils, double vision, pain above and behind the eye and localized headaches.

There are a number of risk factors that medical professionals believe contribute to the formation of brain aneurysms. Avoiding or managing these factors can help decrease the potential for brain aneurysms, including smoking, hypertension, drug use, infection, tumors traumatic head injury, family history, select inherited disorders and presence of an arteriovenous malformation

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.

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