Sen. Markey Reintroduces Resolution Declaring September Brain Aneurysm Month

Sen. Markey Reintroduces Resolution Declaring September Brain Aneurysm Month


Washington (May 12, 2015) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced Senate Resolution 176, designating the month of September 2015 the “National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month”. The aim of the resolution is to raise awareness about the danger of brain aneurysms, educate the public about prevention, and highlight the need for further research regarding this serious illness. The resolution is co-sponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Senator Markey originally was urged to file the legislation by Massachusetts State Representative Paul J. Donato (D–Medford), who has led the charge on raising awareness of the dangers of brain aneurysms in the Massachusetts State Legislature and with his work with the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. 


“Brain aneurysms kill silently, but we cannot be silent about the dangers of this terrible health issue,” said Senator Markey. “We owe it to all of the families impacted by brain aneurysms to raise awareness and ensure they do not feel alone. This resolution will help educate people about this health issue and support research for its prevention, detection and treatment.”


“The BAF is very appreciative of Senator Markey's continued support of brain aneurysm awareness initiatives,” said Christine Buckley, Executive Director of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation. “His support energizes survivors and those that have lost someone to rally together to make a difference particularly in September.”


A copy of the Senate Resolution can be found HERE.


Brain aneurysms can occur in anyone, at any age. An estimated six million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Each year, about 27,000 people in the U.S. will suffer from a ruptured brain aneurysm.  About 40 percent of those experiencing a ruptured brain aneurysm will die. If a brain aneurysm is diagnosed early with proper screening, it can be treated before it ruptures.