Brain Aneurysm Awareness Walk for Austen Dunn
Austen Dunn, 23, passed away suddenly from complications of a massive ruptured brain aneurysm on September 24, 2016. There were no outward signs that a brain aneurysm was present. Austen was a graduate of William and Mary who was planning to begin a PhD in psychology. She was interested in getting young children screened for mental illness early in life. She had a tattoo of timshel on her arm, from the book East of Eden, which translates as “thou mayest,” meaning one can choose whether or not to be a good person. She rescued a cat with major burns, Botetort, and a dog named Noah, after Ryan Gosling in“The Notebook” . Her senior research at W&M was on “communitas,” the bonding that occurs when a group of people go through an experience together.
One in 50 people will develop brain aneurysms during their lifetime.
Her parents, Stacy Horner-Dunn and Gary Dunn, have set up a “Communitas” walk for September’s Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Old Mill Park, 2201 Caroline Street, at 10 am. (Packet pickup 9 am) Everyone who has gone through a relative or friend suffering or dying from an aneurysm is invited to meet, walk and enjoy the music and food trucks at the pavilion.
“It’ll be a good day of not just walking, but spending time with people and creating communitas, says Horner-Dunn.
Register at give.bafound.org/2018AustensWalk.
Book Signing to Fight DIPG Pediatric Cancer
Diagnosed at 2 years of age, Moriah passed away from DIPG (Diffuse Instrinsic Pontine Glioma) an inoperable tumor on her brain stem, in 2013, two weeks before her fifth birthday. Her mother, Sharday Richardson, is the founder of the Forever Moriah Foundation, as well as the author of the children’s book, “The Sister I Never Met,” which is about a boy who tells his class during show-and-tell about the older sister he never knew.
“After Moriah passed, I went on to have two more children, my son Josiah who is now 3, and my daughter Faith who is now 2. While they know how to identify who Moriah is, there are really no platforms to help parents talk to younger children about the death of a sibling. One day, I’m going to have to explain it more, so I wrote this book to help.” The book is now available for purchase and all of the proceeds will go to the Forever Moriah Foundation. There will be a book signing at Jabberwocky, at 810 Caroline Street on September 22, 2018 from 12 to 2 pm.
Brain cancer is the number one cancer killer of children.
Richardson also provides parties for children who have completed treatment or are having a birthday after diagnosis.