On Saturday, September 17, 2016, the KAT-Walk & Karo-5K for Brain Aneurysm Awareness was held in Portland, Maine. Families from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, So. Carolina, California and Florida gathered to celebrate their "Annie-versary" of survival or to remember their loved ones lost to a brain aneurysm.
The setting on Back Cove in Portland was perfect for the event hosting over 275 people that enjoyed a sunny day and "shared their tears, remembered with love, and walked and ran to honor."
This year saw 22 brain aneurysm survivors with their family and friends walk or run. Team Heely Hikers was honored as our 2016 “Team of Honor” and 16 other teams were recognized for their fundraising efforts including Team Cheyanne, Team Moo-Moo and Team Karolina. Information tents were presented by Maine Brain Aneurysm Awareness, Michael T. Goulet Foundation for Traumatic Brain Injury and the Maine Chapter of the Brain Injury Association of America, Brain Injury Voices, N.E. Rehab, and Goodwill Neuro Rehab. Face painting for the kids and 50/50 raffle for the adults rounded out the fun.
Among the many highlights of the day was the presentation of the “Maine’s KAT-Walk & Karo-5K Chair of Research” to Robert Ecker, MD from Maine Medical Center & MMC Neuroscience Institute.
With your help, in excess of $20,000 was raised to benefit our efforts 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 in the brain aneurysm community.