Kimberly’s Voice raises awareness for aneurysms

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]

ABERDEEN, Ohio — Through the death of a loved one, a daughter attempts to ensure no one else suffers the same fate as her and her mother.

The first ‘Kimberly’s Voice’ 5K Walk/Run event and softball tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15. According to Misty Staggs-Perraut, daughter of the late Kimberly Staggs, the event is intended to raise awareness of brain aneurysms in the community and the impact it can have on people.

Staggs-Perraut said her mother, Kimberly Staggs, recently died of a brain aneurysm on June 5 of this year. Other than a headache, Staggs-Perraut said there were no other major symptoms to indicate a life-threatening condition.

According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 1 in 50 Americans have an unruptured brain aneurysm, totaling an estimated 6 million people, both adults and children. Symptoms of a brain aneurysm can include localized headaches, dilated pupils and even difficulty speaking.

With this event, Staggs-Perraut hopes the community will come together and understand the impact aneurysms have on the individual and their families. Her goal is to grow the event over time, and raise aneurysm awareness nationwide.

“I’m hoping people understand what it’s for,” she said.

The Brain Aneurysm Foundation also states the problems aneurysm survivors face, which can include speech complications, decreased concentration and possible short-term memory difficulties. Depending upon the type of aneurysm, such can last with a survivor for a long time.

“Most of the time you have a brain aneurysm, it’s going to have a major impact on your life,” Staggs-Perraut said.

Along with the 5K and softball tournament, Staggs-Perraut said there will also be a silent auction and food at the event. Money raised from the event will be given over to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

Registration for the 5K and softball tournament is ongoing, and will end at 7:45 a.m. Saturday. The fee for the race is $25 per entry and will begin at 8 a.m.

The softball tournament is single elimination, and will allow co-ed teams with the fee set at $10 per person. The first game will begin at 9 a.m.

For more information on the event, contact Staggs-Perraut at 606-407-2691.

Jonathan Wright

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