It is with deep regret, but with an abundance of caution, the MBAA Committee has made the heart-wrenching decision to cancel the 12th annual KAT-Walk & Karo 5K for Brain Aneurysm Awareness for 2020.
While the walk/run is outdoors, the 400 plus participants would be in close proximity where social distancing would be difficult. In good conscience, the committee feels we cannot go forward with an event that draws people from across our state and beyond, placing them shoulder-to-shoulder for hours when medical advice strenuously advises against such gatherings.
In addition, we also know that COVID-19 is particularly risky for vulnerable populations, including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions, including many in the Brain Aneurysm community that our mission serves.
Because of the restrictions we’d have to impose like social distancing and face masks, the walk/run wouldn’t feel the same and flies against the event’s greatest purpose – provide a day where loved ones can be together, greet and embrace each other, and remember their lost love one, or celebrate survival.
Your Maine Brain Aneurysm Awareness Committee will continue with its mission of supporting the brain aneurysm community, raise public awareness, support education, and help fund research. We will be awarding our Scholarships and Research Grant in September and will work toward a fun Dance for Awareness in March and a bigger, more meaningful, KAT-Walk & Karo-5K in 2021.
Although our walk & 5k for 2020 have been cancelled, we wanted to share the memories from last year's event.
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.
At the September 10, 2020 Maine Brain Aneurysm Awareness Committee meeting, we were pleased to announce and present four Scholarships and two Research Grants for 2020. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we were unable to make these awards at the annual KAT-Walk & Karo-5k with over 400 folks in attendance.
Know that we dearly missed you and pray for your continued health and safety during these trying times. Although this “mini” Awards Presentation could never replace the walk, it was videotaped so our many friends can watch and participate at your convenience: WATCH VIDEO HERE: 2020 Awards Presentation Ceremony
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- 8th Annual Grants Awarded Read more
- Check out photos from previous events! Read more
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Dave & Heidi McCausland talked with TV Host – Derry Rundlett about Brain Aneurysms and the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms.Watch Show