Hanover, MA (PRWEB) April 25, 2012
On August 27, 2007, Triathlete Cindy Sherwin suffered a fatal brain aneurysm while training in New York City for her first Ironman. Five years later, on August 11, 2012, five athletes will participate in the 2012 U.S. Ironman Championship in her honor. These amazing individuals will be raising awareness of brain aneurysms and funds to support The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
The inaugural 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship is a grueling race, covering 140.6 miles in parts of New York City and New Jersey. The course will include a 2.4 mile swim in the Hudson River, a 112-mile bike ride on the Palisades Parkway and a 26.2 mile run, beginning in New Jersey and finishing in Riverside Park in Manhattan. In addition to the training required, each athlete has committed to raising funds for The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
“We are truly impressed by the dedication of each athlete who is competing on behalf of TeamCindy at the 2012 U.S. Ironman Championship,” said Christine Buckley, executive director of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation. “Their work does not go unnoticed. Their dedication both to training and fundrasing will help make a big difference in our efforts to raise awareness and funding for brain aneurysm research.”
The athletes competing on TeamCindy come from a wide variety of backgrounds:
TeamCindy is organized by Elaine Roberts Schaller, the mother of Cindy Sherwin. In 2010, Schaller published her first book Dear Cindy, Love Mom. What began as a journal at the suggestion of a grief counselor turned into an honest first-person account of Schaller’s struggle to cope with the grief of losing her daughter. This compilation of letters and lessons learned is a must read for anyone struggling with the grief of losing a loved one.
It is estimated that more than 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Most are small and an estimated 50 to 80 percent of all aneurysms do not rupture during the course of a person’s lifetime. However, in 2012, more than 30,000 people will be affected by a ruptured brain aneurysm. The Brain Aneurysm Foundation continues to fund education and research to promote early detection.
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.