Despite misty rain and wind, approximately 1,500 walkers helped raise nearly $100,000 at Jones Beach State Park during Long Island’s Eighth Annual Brain Aneurysm Awareness Walk, hosted by the Brain Aneurysm Center of Northwell Health’s Neuroscience Institute, along with the Brain Aneurysm Foundation (BAF).
The proceeds from the walk, the largest amount raised since the event started eight years ago, will benefit Northwell Health’s Brain Aneurysm Center and the BAF, supporting essential research that may directly benefit those affected and help to reduce the incidence of ruptured aneurysms.
Brain aneurysm survivors, their families, and friends attended the fun-filled event on Sept. 24. David Chalif, MD, and Avi Setton, MD, co-directors of the Brain Aneurysm Center, were among the many doctors, nurses and staff members in attendance to show their support of the many patients they have treated over the years.
The walk featured three brain aneurysm survivors – Stacy Allen, 41, of East Islip, NY; Meredith Brosnan, 70, of Glen Head, NY; and, Rich Salgado, 51, of Franklin Square, NY – who shared their stories to increase awareness for the warning signs of a brain aneurysm. All three patients were treated at Northwell Health’s Brain Aneurysm Center in Manhasset.
Each of their stories touched the hearts of those at the walk: Ms. Allen recalled the day she suddenly collapsed on the bathroom floor, and thanks to the quick action of her three children who were home at the time, help arrived in time. Ms. Allen’s ruptured aneurysm was treated with an endovascular coiling procedure performed by Dr. Setton.
Ms. Brosnan also suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. She spoke about experiencing an odd feeling in her head while at her daughter’s house before collapsing. She was treated by Dr. Chalif, who surgically clipped the aneurysm. Ms. Brosnan, an avid sailor, explained to the crowd how this past summer she was able to resume boat racing with the vessel she purchased two weeks prior to her near-death experience.
Mr. Salgado honored the team of physicians, Dr. Chalif and Dr. Setton, who saved his life from a sudden aneurysm. Mr. Salgado, a friend of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, issued a citation on the Executive’s behalf, to Northwell Health’s Brain Aneurysm Center and the BAF, recognizing their efforts in promoting brain aneurysm awareness.
“One of the goals of this event is to increase awareness about the warning signs of a brain aneurysm,” said Dr. Chalif. “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. By our brain aneurysm survivors sharing their stories at this year’s walk, they undoubtedly helped us spread awareness about the warning signs of a brain aneurysm and saved lives. We are extremely grateful to all of them and they should be commended for their extraordinary courage and strength. We are also grateful to all of the walk participants who raised almost $100,000, which will help further brain aneurysm research.”
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About Northwell Health’s Neuroscience Institute
The Neuroscience Institute, part of Northwell Health, consists of multidisciplinary clinical and research teams that provide patients with state-of-the-art treatments for the entire spectrum of neurological and neurosurgical disorders, including brain aneurysms, AVM’s, stroke, traumatic brain injury, movement disorders, brain and spinal cord tumors, diseases of the spine, muscle and peripheral nerves, Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, epilepsy and neurological diseases of infancy and childhood. To learn more about Northwell Health’s Neuroscience Institute and its centers of excellence, click here.