2022 KAT-Walk & Karo-5k Follow-Up

2022 KAT-Walk & Karo-5k for Brain Aneurysm Awareness

The 14th annual KAT-Walk & Karo-5K for Brain Aneurysm Awareness was held September 17, 2022 in Portland. Families from Maine and throughout New England gathered to celebrate their survival or to remember their loved ones lost to a brain aneurysm. The weather was fantastic for the event hosting over 325 people that "shared their tears, remembered with love, and walked and ran to honor."

Among the many highlights of the day was the presentation of the “2022 KAT-Walk & Karo-5K Research Grant” to Dr. Madeleine Puissant from Maine Medical Center and presentation of the 2022 Scholarships to five students pursing degrees in Nursing, PT and OT.

This year saw 29 Brain Aneurysm survivors with their family and friends participate. 18 teams were recognized for their fundraising efforts including top fundraisers: Team Karolina, Heeley Hikers, Team Cheyanne, Team MooMoo, Team memory of Donna Peddle, Team Nolan 13, and Seek the Joy.

With your help, in excess of $22,000 was raised to provide brain aneurysm awareness, education, funding of research, and general support centered on the Brain Aneurysm community in Maine and northern New England. To all the many families that came and participated, either to celebrate their survival or to remember their lost ones – thank-you for joining us and for your continued support in making this a special day for so many that have been affected by Brain Aneurysms.

What We Do

For those new to our website, we’d like to acquaint you with some background. The Maine Brain Aneurysm Awareness Committee (MBAAC) was formed in 2009 and is a group of committed volunteers that seek to remember and honor our loved ones lost to or having survived a brain aneurysm. Our mission is to provide support to the brain aneurysm community, raise public awareness regarding early detection and treatment and to help fund research. Our ultimate goal is to help save lives and improve the quality of their lives!

The MBAAC organizes the highly successful annual KAT-Walk and Karo-5K for Brain Aneurysm Awareness, held in September on Portland’s Back Cove. We helped form and provide logistical support to the Maine Brain Aneurysm Support Group that meets monthly at MMC. We have conducted many Dance and Dine for Awareness events and participated in a myriad of health related conferences and resource fairs. Since it’s inception, the MBAAC has raised and donated over $140,000 to help fund research, education and awareness.


Brain Aneurysm Support Group

Maine BA Support Group

The Maine Brain Aneurysm Support Group offers information, education, encouragement and understanding to all individuals who have been affected by a brain aneurysm.

The meetings provide an opportunity for reassurance and personal exchange between survivors and caregivers and is a great place to meet and share with others who have been through similar experiences.

Meetings are scheduled for the last Thursday of each month - 6:00 PM at Maine Medical Center, Dana Education Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, Maine.Meetings will also be available to participate using the ZOOM platform.

Specific meeting information will be posted on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) including planned speakers and info on how to register to participate on ZOOM. If you’re not on social media, please email dave@maineba.org with any questions you may have.


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