The 10th annual KAT-Walk & Karo-5K for Brain Aneurysm Awareness was held September 8, 2018 in Portland. Families from Maine, throughout New England and as far away as South Carolina & 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 325 people that enjoyed a wonderful early fall day to "share their tears, remember with love, and walk and run to honor."
This year saw over 20 Brain Aneurysm survivors with their family and friends walk or run. 23 teams were recognized for their fundraising efforts including Team Karolina, Team Cheyanne, Felicia’s Flock, Team Moo-Moo, Heely Hikers, and Amy’s Dr. D’s Miracle Team. Information tents were presented by Maine Brain Aneurysm Awareness, Michael T. Goulet Foundation for Traumatic Brain Injury, Maine Chapter of the Brain Injury Association of America, Brain Injury Voices, Stroke Program at Maine Medical Center, Goodwill NeuroRehab, New England ReHab, and Creative Work Systems. Face painting for the kids, an appearance of Slugger, the Portland Sea Dogs mascot, and a 50/50 raffle for the adults rounded out the fun.
Among the many highlights of the day was the presentation of the “Maine’s 2018 KAT-Walk & Karo-5K Research Grant” to Dr. Robert Ecker and Dr. David Seder from Maine Medical Center Neuroscience Institute and the presentation of the 2018 Scholarships to three students from the University of New England.
With your help, in excess of $18,000 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.