While 30 brain aneurysm survivors and their family members from across the country traveled to Capitol Hill, the NBA and The Chicago Bulls were mourning the loss of one of their own.
Bob Boozer, a star basketball player in college who became an Olympic gold medalist and finished his playing career with an NBA championship, died of a brain aneurysm May 19 at a hospital in Omaha,Neb. He was 75.
In early June, twelve medical professionals from the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System ran a 200 mile relay to benefit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
Relay organizer Keri Kim said they were inspired by survivors. “We love it when the few brain aneurysm survivors visit us in the hospital to show us how great they are doing. It's truly a miracle to see them getting back in to their lives. The Relay for Recovery was intended to remind all brain aneurysm survivors that they are never forgotten and that we hope for their best recovery. " The relay raised more than five-thousand dollars to support Illinois survivors.
One in fifty people have a brain aneurysm, there is a brain aneurysm rupturing every 18 minutes. Of those ruptures about 40 percent die.
It is because of these stunning statistics that the Chicago Chapter of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation is celebrating their successful 5 year anniversary.
This is the same reason why medical professionals ran in the sweltering heat to support survivors. Several additional support groups in the Chicago area have popped up. And Congress is slowly considering brain aneurysm legislation. Additionally,there are several Chicago sports teams impacted by brain aneurysms who are interested in brain aneurysm fundraising campaigns.
This is also why the FIRST brain aneurysm radio public service announcement is being distributed by various media partners reaching millions in the country.
On September 14th, The Chicago Chapter of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation will host the third annual “Survivor In The City”, benefit hosted by WGN Radio’s Andrea Darlas and Susan Wiencek from WTMX/WILV. To recognize survivors, honor those who have not survived and to celebrate the efforts of the medical community, there will be a special guest appearance by Chicago Bulls Basketball Legend and 3-Time NBA All-Star Bob Love. For more information, go to http://bafound.donorpages.com/SurvivorInTheCity12/
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