Massachusetts Nonprofit Network: Member Spotlight

As the head of the Mass. highway department, Tom Tinlin, 53, was no stranger to stress. When persistent headaches sent him to the doctor, his physician encouraged him to relax and get rest, sending him home with a prescription. Six days later, while emceeing a charity auction, Tom realized something was seriously wrong. He walked off stage and told his wife they needed to get to the hospital. A scan uncovered that Tom was experiencing a ruptured brain aneurysm. Luckily, emergency surgery saved his life and he survived the ordeal without severe permanent damage. Knowing how fortunate he was to survive with minor deficits, Tom turned to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation (BAF), the globally recognized leader in brain aneurysm awareness, education, support, advocacy and research funding. Read more here.