State of Wisconsin Declares September 2011 to be Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month

June 15, 2011

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker files resolution marking September as Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month in the state of Wisconsin at the recommendation of Brenda Schmittinger, a local survivor.

Hanover, MA (PRWEB) June 13, 2011

On April 15, 2011 the Wisconsin State Legislature passed a resolution declaring September 2011 to be Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. The resolution is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of brain aneurysms and increase public awareness of the symptoms and treatments available.

The resolution was sponsored by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who filed the resolution at the recommendation of Brenda Schmittinger, who suffered a ruptured aneurysm in January 2010.

“This is the first step in spreading awareness and educating individuals about the dangers of brain aneurysms,” said Brenda Schmittinger. “I want to encourage everyone to help mark September’s Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month by organizing fundraising and awareness events to help bring attention to warning signs and symptoms, which can ultimately help to save lives.”

As part Brenda’s efforts to increase awareness surrounding Brain Aneurysms, she has created the Ride of Awareness, a fundraising bike run and pig roast with hundreds of motorcyclists expected to participate. The event will take place on July 30, in Milton, WI. The ride will raise money to fund critical research on brain aneurysms and to support the individuals and families affected by them. For more information visit http://bafound.donorpages.com/RIDEOFAWARENESS/.

About Brain Aneurysms

Brain aneurysms can occur in anyone, at any age. An estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Each year, about 24,000 people in the U.S. will suffer from a ruptured brain aneurysm. About 40% of those experiencing a ruptured brain aneurysm will die.

People who suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm will often have warning signs. The following warning signs precede about 40% of major ruptures, including localized headache, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, blurred or double vision, sensitivity to light and loss of sensation.

If the brain aneurysm is diagnosed early with proper screening, it can be treated before it ruptures, saving lives.    However, most people with unruptured brain aneurysms are completely asymptomatic have no symptoms, while others may experience some or all of the following symptoms, which suggest an aneurysm, including cranial nerve palsy, dilated pupils, double vision, pain above and behind the eye and localized headaches.

There are a number of risk factors that medical professionals believe contribute to the formation of brain aneurysms. Avoiding or managing these factors can help decrease the potential for brain aneurysms, including smoking, hypertension, drug use, infection, tumors traumatic head injury, family history, select inherited disorders and presence of an arteriovenous malformation.

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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