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Hiking for hope

Tocci said there is a lack of awareness on brain aneurysms and the foundation bills itself as the world's only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to providing awareness, education and support for research to reduce the instances of ruptures.

"Sometimes when you go see the doctor, they still might not recognize it as an aneurysm until it is too late," said Tocci. "If it is detected in time, there is a couple of different procedures they can use to save people's lives, but unfortunately most of the time it is not detected in a timely basis."

To register for the Hike-a-Thon, visit www.bafound.org and under the "Get Involved" drop-down menu click on "upcoming events." Then scroll down to the "Hike-a-Thon at Lisha Kill Preserve" and click on the event to see its page, which includes a button to register online. If someone can't attend the event, a general donation can also be made from the online register page.""

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