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October is AVM Awareness Month
It’s AVM Awareness Month and, like last month, we will concentrate on education, solidarity and sharing. We will produce an awesome tribute video. We will remain united! And there WILL be a difference. We hope to highlight that, unlike aneurysms, AVM’s (arteriovenous malformations) are considered a RARE DISEASE affecting 18/100,000 in the US alone. As a rare disease, AVM’s bring with them a whole host of complications that aneurysm patients never face.
Follow along on Facebook or Twitter where all month you'll be encouraged to use our graphics, pass along stories, etc. Let the world know, it’s only rare until it happens to you!
We are #UnitedAndRare.
September was Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month
Participation in our tribute video last month was amazing. Missed it or just wanna watch it again? Check out The Face of Brain Aneurysm Awareness .
United we care, so #UnitedWeShare during Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month!
11th Annual Aneurysm and AVM Awareness Walk
Be part of the celebration at your 11th Annual Aneurysm and AVM Awareness Walk happening Sunday, May 15, 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!
10th Annual Aneurysm and AVM Awareness Walk
We went big for the 10th Anniversary of our Annual Aneurysm and AVM Awareness Walk Sunday, May 3rd. Crissy Field in San Francisco was packed, 100's more participated in our Walk On Your Own (WOYO) initiative, and donations came in from over 9 different countries. Congratulations to all who supported, came out, gave and cheered us on. You spread awareness far and wide gathering the attention of the city and beyond!
In fact, we were featured in The San Francisco Chronicle and honored by Mayor Edward Lee himself. Read more about that here.
The Walk may be over, but you can still make a donation to participants or visit our photographer's page to view the gallery, download high-res photos, or purchase prints.
Thanks to the support of tireless volunteers, an outstanding board and staff, and most importantly...
...our gigantic family of walkers.
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.
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 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!
"They (the children) did such an AMAZING job."
Thursday, November 5, 2015 children from Manalapan, NJ came out to honor their friend and AVM survivor Dom at a super fun painting party hosted by Maria Di Donato.
Visit our Grassroots Events page to learn more about the Dom's adventure!
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!
Lindsey Troop began designing hairbows and headbands to benefit TAAF after having surgery to remove an AVM. She's now raised thousands and sales are still going strong! To learn more or to purchase a Brainbow please visit her site at http://www.facebook.com/LindseysBrainbows
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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.
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