U.S. Senator Markey (D-MA) Introduced Resolution to Designate September as National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month

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The Resolution was Introduced to Raise Awareness About Brain Aneurysms

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On February 11, 2014, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced Senate Resolution 353 designating September 2014 as “National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month”. The resolution was introduced to raise awareness about brain aneurysms, educate the public about the importance of early detection, and highlight the need for further research regarding this serious illness.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year as 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 Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the world’s leading source of private funding of brain aneurysm research and educating the public about early detection by recognizing warning signs and risk factors and being screened appropriately.

Senator Markey has supported the efforts of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation for many years, in partnership with Massachusetts State Representative Paul J. Donato (D–Medford). State Representative Donato, whose wife passed away after suffering a brain aneurysm in 2009, has led the charge on raising awareness about the devastating consequences of brain aneurysm ruptures in the Massachusetts State Legislature.

“I thank Rep. Donato and applaud his leadership and effective advocacy for brain aneurysm awareness,” said Senator Markey. “We owe it to those impacted by this silent killer to ensure they do not feel alone in this fight to raise awareness. This resolution will help educate people about this health issue and support research for its prevention, detection and treatment.”

Brain aneurysms can occur in anyone, at any age. An estimated six million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Each year, about 30,000 people in the U.S. will suffer from a ruptured brain aneurysm. About 40 percent of those who suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm will die. If a brain aneurysm is diagnosed early with proper screening, it can be treated before it ruptures.

“As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are grateful to have the support of Senator Markey and State Representative Donato,” said Christine Buckley, Executive Director of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. “With the help of these two individuals and many others across the nation we are taking steps towards early detection and raising awareness of the symptoms of brain aneurysms, saving lives and lessoning the economic burden to a family and society.”

Over the past twenty years, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation has funded close to $1 million in grants, helping to advance research that offers hope and support to survivors and their families. The foundation has over 70 support groups established across the county and in Canada to help the family, friends and survivors of the nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. who have suffered from a ruptured brain aneurysm. More than fifty fundraising events are held throughout the year throughout the country and has published educational materials available to the public at no cost in English, Spanish and Chinese.

For more information about the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, visit http://www.bafound.org.

About the Brain Aneurysm Foundation
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in Boston, MA on August 19, 1994 as a public charity. The foundation’s mission is to provide support and educational materials to the medical community, the newly diagnosed, survivors, family members, friends and the general public regarding the facts, treatment options, and recovery process for brain aneurysms. For more information, please visit: http://www.bafound.org.


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