TeamCindy to Raise Funds, Awareness for Brain Aneurysm Foundation at 2012 Ironman Lake Placid

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On August 27, 2007, triathlete Cindy Sherwin suffered a fatal brain aneurysm while training in New York City for her first Ironman at Lake Placid. Five years later, five athletes, including Cindy’s sister Lauren, will compete in the 2012 Ironman Lake Placid in her honor. These individuals will be raising awareness and funds to support brain aneurysm research for The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

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“TeamCindy is an integral part of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation. The athletes are dedicated not only to their training, but to raising funds and awareness to support the foundation,” said Christine Buckley, executive director.

On August 27, 2007, triathlete Cindy Sherwin suffered a fatal brain aneurysm while training in New York City for her first Ironman at Lake Placid. Five years later, five athletes, including Cindy’s sister Lauren, will compete in the 2012 Ironman Lake Placid in her honor. These individuals will be raising awareness and funds to support brain aneurysm research for The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

The Ironman Lake Placid is a premier Ironman event in the continental United States. Scheduled for July 22, 2012, the competition will feature more than two thousand athletes in a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 bike race and a full 26.2 mile marathon run. In addition to the training required, each TeamCindy athlete has committed to raising funds for The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

Lauren Sherwin is one of the athletes who will be competing in the Ironman on behalf of TeamCindy. Lauren is competing in the Ironman Lake Placid in memory of her sister, honoring her by competing in the race that Cindy never had the opportunity to run.

“TeamCindy is an integral part of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation. The athletes that compete on behalf of the team are dedicated not only to their training, but to raising funds and awareness to support the foundation,” said Christine Buckley, executive director of The Brain Anuerysm Foundation. “Their efforts truly make a difference in the work we do. We’ll be cheering them along every step of the way.”

In addition to Lauren Sherwin, the athletes competing in the Ironman Lake Placid on behalf of TeamCindy are Meg Gardiner, Jarrod Neeley, Colleen Armour and Emile Westergaard.

TeamCindy was organized by Elaine Roberts Schaller, 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.
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