March of 2020 will mark the 15th anniversary of my father, Dale's, passing as the result of the rupture of a brain aneurysm, a condition that he was completely unaware that he had. He had just become a grandfather again when his first grandson, Henry, was born just three weeks earlier. As he sat down to dinner with my mother, they lifted their glasses to each other, and it happened. He would now be a grandfather of seven and proud of every one of them!
It was after talking with the doctors that had tried so hard to save my dad that I learned of the largely hereditary nature of brain aneurysms, and I took it upon myself then and there to go and have an MRA/MRI and get checked out. Without those types of scans, it's virtually impossible to know whether you are, as my father was, walking around with a ticking time bomb.
I am fortunate that my scans came back with no apparent anomalies, but raising awareness and helping to make access to early indication easier to get are important to me. My father's birthday is the weekend of the Boston Marathon in 2020 and I can think of no better way to honor him than by doing what I can to help others. Please join me by making any contribution, small or large, to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation today to help them in the fight for patients and families affected by this condition.
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in 1994 by a renowned Boston neurosurgeon and neurosurgical nurse practitioner who recognized unmet needs among their patients and families as well as a perilous lack of awareness about brain aneurysms among the public and the medical community. Over the ensuing 25 years, the nonprofit Brain Aneurysm Foundation has grown to become the globally recognized leader in brain aneurysm awareness, education, support, advocacy, and research funding.
Guided by a Medical Advisory Board of internationally respected brain aneurysm specialists affiliated with the world’s leading medical centers, and with grassroots support from legions of survivors and families across North America, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation has an audacious, but achievable, goal — a world without death or disability from brain aneurysms.
For more information, please visit bafound.org