Hundreds of people, including survivors and their families are expected to take part in the 5th Annual Brain Aneurysm Walk at Jones Beach Saturday September 28th
The event is sponsored by the Brain Aneurysm Center of the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute (CNI), along with the Brain Aneurysm Foundation (BAF), and all proceeds will go toward research dedicated to reducing the incidence of ruptured brain clots.
Brain aneurysms are cerebrovascular disorders that cause weakness and bulging in the areteries and veins that supply blood to the brain, and often results in stroke, brain damage, and (sometimes) death.
“One of the goals of this annual event is to increase awareness about the warning signs of a brain aneurysm,” said Dr. David Chalif, co-director of CNI’s Brain Aneurysm Center with Dr. Avi Setton. “The symptoms can include severe headache, nausea, blurred or double vision, stiff neck or neck pain, pain above or behind the eye and loss of sensation.”
At this year’s walk, two brain aneurysm survivors, 40-year old Jackie Gavin of Astoria, Queens, and 13-year old Miele Alexander of South Floral Park, NY will share their stories in the hope of spreading awareness about the warning signs of a brain aneurysm.
Registration for the 4-mile Fun Run/2-mile walk begins at 8:30am at Jones Beach State Park, Field 5, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY. The start time is 10am and the event will be held rain or shine. The registration fee is $25 and includes the cost of parking and snacks. Tee-shirts will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. To pre-register for the walk, go to bafound.donorpages.com/LI2013 or call 516-562-3815.
Kids attending will also have the opportunity to play with pet therapy dogs, have their faces and portraits painted and enjoy musical entertainment.