Flag raising Monday at City Hall to raise awareness of brain aneurysms

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To help mark Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month the local chapter of the Joe Niekro Foundation Brain Aneurysm Support Group will have a flag raising ceremony on Monday, Sept. 20, at 8:30 a.m. at Rome City Hall. All are welcome and encouraged to wear burgundy.

The flag was donated by the group to the city so there can be an annual flag raising ceremony each September. John Zynakowski will raise the flag, and the local chapter will also have a speaker.  

Some facts from the JNF:

6 million people in the U.S. have an unruptured brain aneurysm;

Every 18 minutes an aneurysm ruptures, with 50% of ruptured aneurysm patients dying instantly.

Women suffer from brain aneurysms at a ratio of 3:2 compared to men.

As many as 1 in 15 people will develop a brain aneurysm or arteriovenous malformational.

The average age for the victim of AVM rupture is 17 years old;

Hemorrhagic strokes account for 15% of all strokes (approximately 120,000 each year) and are responsible for more than 30% of all stroke deaths.

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