Please join us for the 5th Annual Debbie Feiger Memorial Softball Event on Sunday, June 12th, 9:30 AM at Howard Park in Wilmette, in support of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Please click here to Register. If you are unable to attend the event but would like to make a contribution to help us reach our fundraising goal, please do so here.
BAF has come a long way since we began this event 5 years ago. In 2015, BAF raised over $1M, of which over 80% was contributed directly to education, awareness and research, including $265,000 in grants to 13 specific research projects. Your support is incredibly important to this effort. Last year, our event was one of just 21 events throughout the country to raise over $10,000. We're hoping to increase that contribution this year to $15,000.
While BAF has made great progress in the last few years, it is not enough. Approximately 1 in 50 people in the United States is currently living with an unruptured brain aneurysm, one of which ruptures on average every 18 minutes. Ruptured brain aneurysms are fatal in about 40% of cases. Of those who survive, about 66% suffer some permanent neurological deficit. Brain aneurysms are most prevalent in people ages 35 - 60, but can occur in children as well.
These numbers are staggering, especially in light of the relative lack of awareness and funding. However, hearing personal accounts of individuals with a close one who has suffered a brain aneurysm rupture are far more staggering than the numbers themselves. Last summer I received an email from a close friend notifying his friends and family that his mother had suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and passed away. In his email, he wrote, "the sadness of my mom's passing is amplified by the tragedy's suddenness as she was extremely healthy and vivacious prior." The exact same could be said of our mom, and so many others. Before June 2011, I did not understand what it meant to have a brain aneurysm or the implications of a ruptured brain aneurysm. With increased awareness, funding and research we can work towards improved early detection methods, better surgical procedures and finding cures that will prevent brain aneurysms from rupturing and avoid these sudden tragedies.
Please let us know if you are interested in more information or becoming more involved in the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. We cannot express how much we appreciate your continued support and we look forward to seeing you on the softball field (hopefully without rain this year).
Josh, Daniel, Jillian and Devyn