Former Cromwell official working to fight brain aneurysms
CROMWELL — A first-of-its-kind golf tournament will be held later this month to heighten awareness of brain aneurysms.
The tournament, by the organization A Round Fore Awareness, will be held at the Oxford Greens Golf Course on Sept. 16. All proceeds will go to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
Brain aneurysms affect one in 50 Americans, and A Round Fore Awareness hopes to tackle the issue “one stroke at a time.”
The effort has a direct link to Cromwell; the founder and president of “A Round Fore Awareness” is Michael Dagostino, who was the first executive director of the Cromwell Fire District.
He suffered a massive aneurysm that left him in a perilous condition in April 2018.
Dagostino ultimately recovered, but he then chose to step down from the director’s position rather than risk further jeopardizing his health.
Now, he has made it his mission to increase awareness about brain aneurysms.
The statistics about aneurysms are sobering: Six million Americans are walking around with unruptured aneurysms, according to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.
“About 30,000 people in the United States suffer a brain aneurysm rupture each year. A brain aneurysm ruptures every 18 minutes,” the site says.
World-wide, some 500,000 people a year die from ruptured aneurysms, women are more susceptible to brain aneurysm than are men, and that rate only increases for women over the age of 55, and African-Americans and Latinos are roughly twice as likely to suffer from brain aneurysms as whites, the site says.
“The federal government spends only 83 cents per year on brain aneurysm research for each person afflicted,” the foundation reports.
It is against that background that Dagostino and “A Round Fore Awareness” are holding the tournament.
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation was begun as a public charity in Boston in 1994, Dagostino said.
“It developed a close relationship between patients and healthcare professionals who identified the need for comprehensive information and support for brain aneurysm patients.”
The day-long tournament includes breakfast, a shotgun tee-off, a mid-afternoon banquet, and a raffle and auction and the presentation of awards.
Additional information about the event can be found on the A Round Fore Awareness website, at https://aroundforeawareness.org/