Brain Aneurysm Survivor Hopes to Raise Awareness at 2012 Ironman Coeur d'Alene

On June 24, 2012, Aaron Gabriel will compete in the 2012 Ironman Coeur d’Alene, a grueling competition for even the best trained athletes. But for Aaron, it’s also a chance to help the Brain Aneurysm Foundation raise awareness of brain aneurysms.

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Aaron Gabriel, Brain Aneurysm Survivor

“Twelve years ago, I was given the precious gift of perspective,” said Aaron Gabriel. “It doesn’t matter if I win or lose, it’s the ability to keep moving forward. I want to help raise awareness of brain aneurysms and hopefully inspire others."

Hanover, MA (PRWEB) June 20, 2012

On June 24, 2012, Aaron Gabriel will compete in the 2012 Ironman Coeur d’Alene, a grueling competition for even the best trained athletes. But for Aaron, it’s also a chance to help raise awareness of brain aneurysms.

The Ironman Coeur d’Alene course will include a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. Twelve years ago to the date of the upcoming event, Aaron suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and Grade IV subarachnoid hemorrhage. Prior to his aneurysm, he had no knowledge of a brain aneurysm or what the symptoms might be.

“My initial recovery was slow,’’ said Aaron. “However, over the next 4 years I focused on exercising my brain and studied close to 2,000 hours, earning an MBA in the process. I also began climbing the triathlon ladder from Sprint distance to Olympic to ultimately a Half-Ironman.”

For Aaron, participating in the full Ironman race on the anniversary of his rupture is a way to help raise awareness of brain aneurysms.

“Twelve years ago, I was given the precious gift of perspective,” he continued. “Today, it doesn’t matter if I win or lose, it’s the ability to keep moving forward. I want to help raise awareness of brain aneurysms and hopefully inspire others who have suffered from a similar fate.”

Aaron is also hoping to compete in the nationally-televiseded 2012 Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Hawaii this October. He has submitted a video for a contest to determine eight contestants who will compete in this challege, based on the inspirational stories submitted. Aaron hopes to become the first known survivor of a ruptured brain aneurysm to cross the Kona finish line, embodying the Ironman mantra, “anything is possible.” Facebook users can vote daily for Aaron’s video at http://apps.facebook.com/konainspired?x=us_facebookapp_335_15, thru July 3rd, 2012.

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.

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