Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month

#UnitedWeShare: Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month

It’s Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month, a time reserved for education, unity and sharing, and we at TAAF intend to make this month fruitful by sharing resources/stories/support with you in the hope that you will share it with the world. We're calling this effort #UnitedWeShare, and you’re encouraged to use our graphics, pass along all stories and info, you name it! 

Follow along on Facebook and check out this page for the calendar of events, Brain Aneurysm Awareness Toolkit, and more.  Updates happen throughout the month!  United we care, so #UnitedWeShare during Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month!

Calendar of Events (check below for updates and links)

Trailblazer Tuesday's

9/5   It's #TrailblazerTuesday when we're featuring folks doing amazing work in awareness and advocacy. Meet Achilles SF Bay Area whose Inaugural Bay Area Achilles Training Run event is Sat. 9/9. The mission of Achilles is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running (AND WALKING) events, and we're ALL invited! Whether you're a casual walker getting ready to walk in Sacramento on 9/16 or you #TAAFWalk w/us every May, it's free fun #BrainAneurysmAwarenessMonth activities to keep us fit and to help us stay #UnitedWeShare

Achilles Bay Area

Your Prayer Bear Friend
   It's #TrailblazerTuesday. While last week featured an international group, today we’re highlighting the caring outreach of ONE brain aneurysm survivor who’s making a difference one teddy at a time. Meet Laura of Yourprayerbearfriend. Recalling the difficulties of her hospital recovery, Laura wanted to do something to give back to others like her, so she decided to mail bears out to children with brain trauma and other issues that kept them hospitalized. As the card attached to each bear reads, “Look to me for strength any time, and we’ll be on this journey together.” These are not prayers from a particular faith, but prayers of strength for survivor to survivor.  Let's give  "THREE CHEERS" for Laura for spreading hope to many and for keeping #UnitedWeShare well past #BrainAneurysmAwarenessMonth.

Have a loved one who needs a bear? Contact Laura at to be added to her group or receive a teddy of your own.

   It's #TrailblazerTuesday and we’re continuing to talk about how one person can make a difference –you know, the little guy—or gal in this case. Meet Sharon, survivor and founder of the online group ACT which stands for Brain Aneurysm/Avm Community Together. Sharon appreciated online groups, but she also longed to build a home of her own, one created solely by brain aneurysm, AVM and hemorrhagic stroke survivors. She started ACT to be just that, a home to offer support, encouragement and most of all #friendship. From a place of support and friendship first, Sharon encouraged her group’s spark until it became a flame with 1000’s of members. Always a friend to #TAAF, Sharon (with her awesome crew) is a trailblazer who lives #UnitedWeShare every day… and we’re all the luckier for it.

Congrats Dr. Gomes
9/26   On this, the last of our #TrailblazerTuesday, we couldn't be more proud to announce our second 2017 #CerebrovascularResearch Grant Award Winner, Dr. Joao Gomes of the Cleveland Clinic who has a plan for the question: "What if there's a way to predict how both iron and reactive oxygen affect aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH)?" Click here to learn more.

Non-Tuesday Activities:

   The San Francisco Bay Area Aneurysm and Vascular Malformation Support Group Meeting.  Thursday, September 7, 2017.  6:00-8:00 PM.  UCSF , 513 Parnassus Avenue, Room S-163.  Contact Lisa Hannegan at for details.
9/16   Greater Sacramento Brain Aneurysm & AVM Support Group’s 5th Annual “Walk for Life” at the State Capitol. Register today!   

World Gratitude Day Video

9/21   The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation Celebrates World Gratitude Day!  

UPDATE 9/21: See videos HERE!

First celebrated in 1965, World Gratitude Day was adopted by the UN and is recognized annually as a day to show appreciation. Join us Thursday, September 21st, for 2017's World Gratitude Day! We are creating a video montage (or "Tribute") for Those Who Love and Support the Brain Aneurysm and AVM Community. We hope to see your shout-outs to docs, nurses, family, and more! It will only take you a minute to film and submit your video and should make for an unforgettable gift that shares our collective love and appreciation.

Here at TAAF, we agree that it remains fitting that World Gratitude Day occurs during an important awareness month.  Whether it be from brain aneurysm, AVM or another malformation of the brain, even in our struggle and grief, there has been light.

GET IN THE GRATITUDE SPIRIT HERE!  Don't be the last to submit!

A Few Rules
1.) Short is sweet. Please keep videos to 15-20 seconds.
2.) No music in videos, please. We can't accept them. Sorry.
3.) Speak up. Videos with poor sound will be difficult to use.
4.) Some Legal Stuff... By your video submission, you are agreeing to comply with the Tribute Terms of Service, and without limitation, to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation (TAAF) from any and all claims involving the use of your video, picture or likeness. TAAF reserves the right to use any video submitted without the express written permission of those included within the video and may also refuse to use any video at its discretion.  TAAF may use the video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by TAAF including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.

Brain Aneurysm Awareness Toolkit

During Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month, we receive many generous donations for which we are grateful, donations that go toward long-term goals such as our Annual Awareness Walk or Cerebrovascular Research Grants

This year we wanted to return that generosity with a bit of instant gratification, a gift we hope will increase your opportunities to share with others and to spread awareness!

For every donation of $25 or more made in September... UPDATE: We will offer the toolkit until the end of the year, TAAF will gift one Awareness Toolkit containing:

  • 6 Brain Aneurysm fact cards; 1 to keep, 5 to share
  • 1 "Worst Headache of Your Life" car decal
  • 1 Yogaworks free yoga coupon; research proves that exercise is important for recovery AND for our caregivers
  • 1 Bluetooth Lost Item Tracker
Click the flyer below to donate.