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Long Island’s Brain Aneurysm Awareness Walk returns to Jones Beach

Brain aneurysm survivors and their families participate in last year's Brain Aneurysm Awareness Walk at Jones Beach State Park.

On September 21, this year's walk will increase awareness about the warning signs of a brain aneurysm


Hundreds of walkers, from brain aneurysm survivors to their families and supporters, are expected to attend Long Island’s 11th annual Brain Aneurysm Awareness Walk at Jones Beach State Park on Saturday, September 21.

The fun-filled event, which includes a four-mile run and two-mile walk, is hosted by the Brain Aneurysm Center at Northwell Health’s Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery, along with the Brain Aneurysm Foundation (BAF). Proceeds will benefit both organizations, raising funds to support essential research.

“Thanks to hundreds of participants, we have raised $700,000 since the walk’s inception and it continues to grow steadily each year,” said David Chalif, MD, director of Northwell Health’s Brain Aneurysm Center. “It is a time for brain aneurysm survivors and their families to celebrate life and also a time to remember those who have lost a loved one to a brain aneurysm."

At this year’s walk, one of the guest speakers will be Greg McGeady, 34, of Clifton Park, NY, who lost his older brother to a ruptured brain aneurysm last year. Other guest speakers will include two brain aneurysm survivors: Luisina Alonzo, 22, of Bellerose and Cynthia Mathis, 40, of New Hyde Park.

One of the goals of this annual event is to increase awareness about the warning signs of a brain aneurysm. The symptoms can include severe headache, nausea, blurred or double vision, stiff neck or neck pain, pain above or behind the eye and loss of sensation.

Registration for the walk begins at 8:30 a.m. at Jones Beach State Park, Field 5, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY. The start time is 10 a.m. and the event will be held rain or shine.

Pre-register for the event: the fee is $25 through September 9; $30 afterward. Entry fee includes the cost of parking and snacks. T-shirts will be handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis.