PORTLAND, Maine — The KAT-Walk and Karo-5K for Brain Aneurysm Awareness will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 15, starting at the area across from the Hannaford Plaza and proceeding around Back Cove Boulevard. All ages are invited to take part in the walk or to enter the timed 5K run. Registration fee is $20 and includes a T-shirt, beverages and snacks, and a thank-you medallion.
The annual event is organized by volunteers who seek to remember and honor loved ones lost to or who have survived a brain aneurysm. The goal is to provide support to the brain aneurysm community in Maine and raise public awareness regarding early detection and treatment.
The walk will honor Portland native Kimberly Ann Tudor, who died from an undetected brain aneurysm rupture in December 2008. The run is in honor of Karolina A. Karo, also a native of Portland, who died of a brain aneurysm in July 2011.
Past events have drawn more than 750 participants who raised more than of $21,000 to benefit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing awareness, education, support and research to promote early detection of brain aneurysm. For information go to bafound.org.
A silent auction, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., and a 50-50 raffle will be conducted as part of the event.
Event sponsors are Martins Point HealthCare, Sundance Rehabilitation, Floyd J. Brown Construction, MMC Neuroscience Institute, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Geiger and Help Print NE.