10th Annual Aneurysm and AVM Awareness Walk
Be part of the Anniversary celebration at your 10th Annual Aneurysm and AVM Awareness Walk happening Sunday, May 3, Crissy Field in San Francisco!
Registration is open, so click here to WALK WITH US. Can’t make it to San Francisco? Raise awareness and make an impact in your own community! Click here to WALK ON YOUR OWN.
On your mark, get set, WALK!
Happy New Year!
Thank you so much for your generous donations during our recent DOLLAR for DOLLAR donation match. Donors like you make supporting our mission part of your holiday traditions and us part of that joyful energy. A special thanks too to the Kaitz family for graciously matching those donations and for partnering with us to make a difference again this year.
Your Donations Make A Difference
...And thanks to the generosity of the Kaitz family, we can make those donations go further with a DOLLAR for DOLLAR donation match. Donations made until Jan 15th will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000. That means $5 is $10, $10 is $20 and $50 is $100 used to fund things like our Annual Walk, community outreach, and generous research grants made possible by YOU. Join us , and double your impact this holiday season.
TAAF's #Face2Face Survivors Have The Write Stuff
TAAF's helping you read The Write Stuff in December with #Face2Face authors who choose to tell their survivor stories the old fashioned way--in print. Click the picture to learn more about each and their journeys to authorship.
Today's last article involves a pair of author's--Robert McMechan and Allison Woyinada--whose critically acclaimed book, Allison's Brain, chronicles the retired 30-year music teacher's recovery with severe cognitive and physical deficits following a twelve hour operation to clip what doctor's called a "giant" brain aneurysm.
Season of Awareness @ TAAF
Fall has been very busy indeed. In September we looked cute in our Walk t-shirts with "Walk It Back Wednesday" pictures in support of Aneurysm Awareness Month. Then in October we met #Face2Face with personal stories of AVM survivors in honor of AVM Awareness Month. And now in November we hope to give thanks with our online "thank you board" entitled 1000 Thanks in honor of National Family Caregiver's Month.
Please showcase your attitude of gratitude and thank a caregiver, loved one or whomever you feel is most deserving during this Season of Awareness!
More #Face2Face Stories Today
"In May of 2013, I attended the annual TAAF Aneurysm and AVM walk in San Francisco and my life was changed again. I was no longer alone in what I had gone through. I met so many wonderful and amazing people who had experienced similar things that I did and were able to get through it and keep on living. This influenced me to make a total life change!"
~Lindsay Raber, AVM and Aneurysm Survivor
Read the last of our featured AVM Survivor stories today by clicking on the picture below.
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AVM Awareness Month and "Face2Face"
October is AVM Awareness Month, and TAAF will be hosting an interactive awareness campaign called “Face2Face” where AVM survivors will tell their own story and discuss topics that are important to them. Participants will be featured on our website as well as on both Facebook and Twitter @TAAF #Face2Face. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Dina Chon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAAF is excited to announce the recipient of the 2014 Cerebrovascular Research Grant award:
Research Study: Rapid Quantification of Aneurysm Flow and Device-Induced Flow Changes for Real-Time Analysis During Treatment
Principal Investigator: Aichi Chien, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Aneurysms that occur in certain locations can be difficult to treat by clipping and large and wide-neck aneurysms cannot be completely blocked off with coils. Recently a new treatment device–the flow-diverting stent (FDS)–was introduced to prevent rupture. However, clinical results have shown considerable variation in FDS treatment outcome as well as procedure-related complications. It is currently unclear why these complications occur.
The objective of Dr. Chien’s research is to develop a tool to analyze aneurysm blood flow by measuring an injected contrast agent flow. This measurement tool will provide physicians with a wealth of currently inaccessible and objective flow information with which to make informed treatment decisions.
These findings may be immediately relevant to clinical treatment by explaining how blood flow affects FDS outcome and complications. The availability of this real-time blood flow information can improve the use of devices and reduce stroke, patient mortality, and other complications.
Learn more on our Research Grants page.
William L. Young, the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at UCSF, founder and director of the Center for Cerebrovascular Research, a member of TAAF’s Board of Directors, and a pioneer of cerebrovascular research passed away on August 1, 2013. Dr. Young’s career was largely devoted to the care of patients with vascular malformations and the study of AVMs. He built an extensive research portfolio, including TAAF's first grant to study gene expression in AVM patients.
TAAF is proud to maintain Dr. Young's legacy through the William L. Young Endowment Fund to recognize, honor, and promote excellence in research.
More information about the award for excellence in research coming soon.
To contribute the fund, click "DONATE" above and select The William L. Young Endowment Fund from the designation menu.
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