Brain Aneursyms can rock a life at a moments notice. Sometimes they are talked about, sometimes they aren't. Two people close to me, my aunt and a close family friend, were affected by Brain Aneursyms and I am determined to do what I can to help stop BAs from rocking families.
Frank Gessler had a Brain Aneursym on Septmber 11, 2011. He was only 30 years old and had an 8 month old son at the time. He was playing roller hockey and was as healthy as could be. He was a brother, a father, a husband, a son and one of the greatest people you could meet.
I started out as the family babysitter but quickly became a part of the family. I view each Gessler like a sibling of mine. I feel a part of the family and it is the greatest blessing. In February, we established Fight Like Frank (FLF) in order to remember Frank and spread awareness. Frank's wife, Christine G. and I got involved with the BAF as quick as we could. I was there to support her and wanted to learn all I could.
In 2015 with the BAF, FLF created the Frank Gessler Research Grant. We have gifted over $40,000 in research money since we started this grant. In Septmber 2016, Christine Buckley asked me to become a board member with BAF and it still boggles my mind that I get to be a part of this incredible foundation and save lives as the same time. At this years, Research Symposium in Pittsburgh, Christine B. shared with me some of the best news ever! For the first time ever, BAF had 3 bibs for the Boston Marathon and she wanted me to run on behalf of the foundation. I couldn't say no! I mean running Boston and raising money for my favorite non-profit is a dream come true! So please help me reach my goal! Thank you!
A little more about BAF:
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in 1994 by a renowned Boston neurosurgeon and neurosurgical nurse practitioner who recognized unmet needs among their patients and families as well as a perilous lack of awareness about brain aneurysms among the public and the medical community. Over the ensuing 23 years, the nonprofit Brain Aneurysm Foundation has grown to become the globally recognized leader in brain aneurysm awareness, education, support, advocacy, and research funding.
Guided by a Medical Advisory Board of internationally respected brain aneurysm specialists affiliated with the world’s leading medical centers, and with grassroots support from legions of survivors and families across North America, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation has an audacious, but achievable, goal — a world without death or disability from brain aneurysms.
For more information, please visit bafound.org