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WHEREAS, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation is observing September as Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month to educate the public about this disorder; and
WHEREAS, a brain aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of an artery in the brain, resulting in abnormal widening or ballooning; and
WHEREAS, in the United States, one in 50 people has an unruptured brain aneurysm, and over 30,000 people each year suffer from a ruptured brain aneurysm, which is equivalent to one every 18 minutes; and
WHEREAS, symptoms include sudden and severe headaches, light sensitivity, neck stiffness, sharp pain behind or above one eye, loss of consciousness or mental status, nausea, and vomiting; and
WHEREAS, women, African Americans, and Hispanics are at a greater risk of a ruptured brain aneurysm; and
WHEREAS, the mission of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation is to educate the public about this disorder, as knowing risk factors, methods of early detection, and treatment can save lives;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 2021 as BRAIN ANEURYSM AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.