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Dedicated to bettering the lives, support networks, and medical care of those affected by aneurysm and other types of vascular malformation of the brain.

Click Here to make a donation online to The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation to help further our efforts with research, education and support for brain aneurysms, arterviovenous and cavernous malformations

TAAF Updates

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.



New Video

YOU like cartoons?  WE like cartoons.  Check ours out today!

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 dina@taafonline.org.



2014 Cerebrovascular Research Grant Recipient

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


Figure a. Representation of blood flow simulation b. Sketch of relevant contrast agent flows through the blood vessel and aneurysm. (Image source: Aichi Chien, PhD, UCLA)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.


The William L. Young Endowment Fund

Dr. William L. YoungWilliam 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.


Shop at AmazonSmile and Support TAAF!

Click here to shop AmazonSmile to support TAAF!Do your shopping at AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation!

Visit AmazonSmile, select TAAF as your charity of choice (we'll be listed under our legal name, "The Aneurysm Foundation"), and shop as usual! Amazon will take care of the rest!

You can also click here to go directly to AmazonSmile and start shopping to support TAAF!



 Grassroots Fundraising and Awareness Events

Grassroots events are fundraising and awareness events organized and hosted by people like you! Thank you to our TAAF supporters!

If you are interested in hosting a walk, fundraiser, or awareness event in your community, e-mail us at info@TAAFonline.org. We're here to help!

Muir Woods Walk

"It was the perfect day to celebrate life!"

Saturday, September 28, 2013 marked one year of survival from multiple aneurysms and an AVM for Susan Jayubo.

Visit our Grassroots Events page to learn more about the Muir Woods Walk!




AVM Beach Walk

On Saturday, August 24, 2013, AVM and aneurysm survivors, their caregivers, and community members came together at the AVM Beach Walk to honor Domenico Howard and other survivors and walk together on the beach in beautiful Ocean Gate, New Jersey.

Visit our Grassroots Events page to learn more about the Muir Woods Walk!



Brainbows have become a runaway hit!

Lindsey Troop began designing hairbows and headbands to benefit TAAF after having surgery to remove an AVM. She's now raised $3600 and sales are still going strong! To learn more or to purchase a Brainbow please visit her site at http://www.facebook.com/LindseysBrainbows





Aneurysm and arteriovenous malformation (AVM) are different types of vascular malformation that can affect the brain. These diseases often share common symptoms and recovery challenges. Our website is intended to help you learn about each disease, and provide information on support resources and recovery. 

This site only deals with intracranial (found in the cranium or brain) aneurysm or AVM. However aneurysms and AVMs can develop anywhere there are arteries in the body.

The views expressed by TAAF are not necessarily the views of our sponsors. Additionally, while we strive to provide relevant and helpful information to help educate patients, caregivers, their families and friends, and the general public, the information contained in this website is for informational purposes only. It is crucial that care and treatment decisions for any medical condition be made in consultation with a doctor or other qualified medical professional. 

We welcome feedback on the website and encourage you to let us know how we can improve. To learn more about The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation (TAAF) please visit the About Us section. To make a contribution to support the efforts of TAAF please visit the Donation section.



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