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Event helps to raise awareness of brain aneurysms

Posted 9/10/22

Members of the Joe Niekro Foundation Brain Aneurysm Support Group along with friends, family and city officials gathered on Friday for a flag raising ceremony to increase awareness.

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Event helps to raise awareness of brain aneurysms

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ROME — Members of the Joe Niekro Foundation Brain Aneurysm Support Group along with friends, family and city officials gathered on Friday for a flag raising ceremony to increase awareness of the potentially life-threatening condition during Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month.

Helping to raise the flag in memory of members of the local group who passed away this past year were Judy Riker, in memory of her husband, Ken; Lisa Davis, in memory of her mom and dad, Shirley and Paul Cotton; Shari Bujold, in memory of her husband, Ron; and Deborah Dunn, in memory of her friend Mary Cook from the Syracuse chapter.

According to the Joe Niekro Foundation, a brain aneurysm is a bulge or ballooning in a blood vessel in the brain. These bulges can can leak or rupture, causing bleeding into the brain. A ruptured aneurysm quickly becomes life-threatening and requires prompt medical treatment. Signs of a ruptured aneurysm include: A sudden, severe headache; nausea and vomiting; stiff neck; blurred or double vision; sensitivity to light; seizure; drooping eyelid(s); loss of consciousness; and confusion.

Most brain aneurysms, however, don’t rupture, but can create health problems or cause significant symptoms. In some cases, an aneurysm may leak a slight amount of blood. This leaking may cause only a sudden, extremely severe headache; pain above and behind one eye; dilated pupil(s); changes in vision; or numbness of one side of the face, the foundation adds.

Speakers during Friday’s flag raising were Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon and Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo. Buttenschon and state Sen. Joseph A. Griffo have helped on the state level with legislative actions to improve awareness of brain aneurysms, according to event organizers.

The local Joe Niekro Foundation chapter support group will host its next meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 210 E. Dominick St., The meeting will feature a physican’s assistant who will give a presentation on various brain aneurysm case studies.

“We welcome all individuals affected by brain aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation (AVM), hemorrhagic stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI) who are in need of support and information,” according to a past announcement by the group. “Feel free to invite family, friends, and caretakers as they are welcomed as well.”

“The social hall is downstairs and is a very nice and spacious room,” the announcement added. “There is an elevator for those that can’t navigate stairs. We park in the back parking lot and go in that door. There is ample parking.”

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