The Brain Aneurysm Foundation Heads to Capitol Hill on May 21, 2013 for National Lobbying Effort
Organization and Supporters to Encourage Legislators to Support Funding for Brain Aneurysm Research and the Importance of Early Detection Screening.
Hanover, MA (PRWEB) May 16, 2013
According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, it is estimated that more than 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Although all aneurysms do not rupture during the course of a person´s lifetime, more than 30,000 people will be affected by a ruptured brain aneurysm this year. Almost 50% of those people who suffer a ruptured aneurysm will die and of those who survive, over 60% will face some type of disability.
What is proven is that early detection can save lives. On May 21, 2013, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation and supporters from around the country will head to Washington, D.C. for a series of meetings with legislators. The organization will be asking for support for research funding, support for future bills to ensure insurance companies are required to pay for screenings for patients as deemed appropriate by medical personnel, and support for future bills to ensure insurance companies are required to provide more coverage for rehabilitative care.
Funding for brain aneurysm awareness and research continues to lag. According to 2012 statistics provided by the National Institute of Health, aneurysm research receives only $4.5 million in public funding. This compares to $3.07 billion allocated to AIDS research, $44 million allocated to ALS research and $800 million allocated to breast cancer research.
“Brain aneurysm research clearly needs additional funding to make great strides in the areas of detection and treatment,” said Christine Buckley, executive director of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation. “Each year, we raise private dollars to fund research being conducted by some of the leading medical professionals in this field. This work has made a significant difference for individuals who are diagnosed with an aneurysm. But more needs to be done.”
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation will also hold a Luncheon Briefing on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Rayburn House Building. This event will focus on providing critical awareness of brain aneurysms, including facts and statistics, information on the importance of early detection and the need for greater research funding.
Speakers at the luncheon briefing will include Dr. Christopher S. Ogilvy – Director, Endovascular and Operative Neurovascular Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA as well as Scott Campbell, a board member of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation with his wife, Cheryl Campbell, a brain aneurysm survivor.
For more information on attending the Luncheon, please contact Dina Beaumont at Dinabeau(at)aol(dot)com
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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