Sharon Epperson Chair of Research

Imagine doing a gentle yoga pose and suddenly being jolted by the worst sensation you have ever felt in the back of your head. That happened to me on September 21, 2016. An aneurysm ruptured in my brain, causing a hemorrhagic stroke. It nearly took my life.

Since then, I’ve learned some important facts. Every 18 minutes an aneurysm ruptures, which is fatal about 50% of the time. Women are more likely than men to have an aneurysm. Blacks are twice as likely than whites to have an aneurysm rupture.

My great-grandfather, grandfather and aunt died of brain hemorrhages. I never considered that my family history meant that I was at greater risk of facing this condition too. I want to help to ensure that my children, relatives, and millions of others have access to the best procedures for early detection and innovative treatments.

The Sharon Epperson Chair of Research was established to help raise awareness and increase funding for research about brain aneurysms. This annual grant from the Brain Aneurysm Foundation will provide at least $10,000 to a recipient for one year of research on early detection, improved treatments and technological advances that will save lives and improve the lives of patients with brain aneurysms. Find out more here.