Chicago Mayor Pens Official Support of Annual Survivor in the City Event Benefitting Brain Aneurysm Foundation

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Hosts of 6th Annual Survivor in the City cocktail party receive official greetings from Chicago’s Mayor in advance of event saluting remarkable women who have reached out, followed their dreams and inspired others to support survivors.

Chicago’s Annual Survivor in the City Event Salutes Remarkable Women/Benefits Brain Aneurysm Foundation

Chicago’s Annual Survivor in the City Event Salutes Remarkable Women/Benefits Brain Aneurysm Foundation

With the help of the medical community and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Neurosurgery, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation has become one of the world's leading sources of private funding for brain aneurysm research.

The 6th Annual Survivor in the City, Chicago silent auction and cocktail party benefitting the renowned Brain Aneurysm Foundation has added yet another accolade to its cadre of widespread support—an official letter of support and gratitude from the Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel.

“With the help of the medical community and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Neurosurgery, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation has become one of the world's leading sources of private funding for brain aneurysm research,” stated Mayor Emanuel.

The ever-popular event is scheduled to take place this year on Friday, September 11th at The Union League Club of Chicago.

Hosted by the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System Neurosurgery and local Brain Aneurysm Support Group, the Chicago BAF Chapter, the Survivor in the City event will assuredly be an inspirational evening of celebration with a special salute to women who have reached out, followed their dreams and inspired others to support brain aneurysm survivors.

The 6th Annual Survivor in the City cocktail party will showcase these remarkable women in order to learn from their journeys, lessons learned, and triumphs. Some honorees include two members of the Chicago media who are brain aneurysm survivors.

  • Theresa Gutierrez suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm in 1993. After the rupture she returned to work as a news reporter for ABC 7. Gutierrez is an Emmy Award winning journalist who spent 43 years on the air for Chicago’s top television station, ABC 7. She is one of the handful of broadcast journalists around the country whose career spanned more than four decades at one network. Gutierrez also led the way for women and Hispanics in the broadcasting industry.
  • Jennifer Keiper, the Afternoon News Anchor on WLS-AM's (890) Steve Dahl Show suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage on June 3, 2006, and then immediately contracted bacterial meningitis during her stay in the Neuro ICU. After making a full recovery, Keiper has taken advantage of every opportunity that has come her way including becoming a News Director and traveling the world as a network reporter.

The event will take place on Friday evening September 11th from 6:30 to 9:00 at The Union League Club of Chicago located on 65 West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago. Tickets are $50 and include 2 drink tickets as well as hearty appetizers. A cash bar and valet parking are available. Dress is business casual.

Chicago sports legend and Emmy Award-Winning sports broadcaster Chet Coppock will be in attendance and his book “Doug Buffone: Monster of the Midway: My 50 Years with the Chicago Bears” will be available for sale during the event. Portions of the proceeds from the book will go toward The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

For tickets and/or more information about the 6th Annual Survivor in the City, Chicago silent auction and cocktail party benefitting the renowned Brain Aneurysm Foundation, please visit the event website or contact Janet Sutherland via email: Illinoisbafound(at)gmail(dot)com.

Now celebrating 20 years of service, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in 1994 in Boston, Massachusetts with a mission to promote early detection of brain aneurysms by providing knowledge and raising awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors; work with the medical communities to provide support networks for patients and families; as well as to further research that will improve patient outcomes and save lives. For more information about the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, visit http://www.bafound.org.

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