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Gala to help foundation to raise money for research into brain aneurysms

A new foundation designed to raise money for research into brain aneurysms will host a gala Saturday night in Philadelphia.

The Bee Foundation was established by Christine Doherty Kondra and her sister, Erin Doherty Kreszl, to honor their cousin, Jennifer Sedney, who died last December at the age of 27 from a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Awareness, research and education are the cornerstones of everything the foundation does, says Kondra, who is also executive director.

The bumblebee logo was used to encourage people to “Bee Aware, Bee Courageous and Bee Happy.”

The foundation’s inaugural gala, auction and fundraiser, “The Honey Bash,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia. Dr. Michael Chen, associate professor of neurology, neurosurgery and radiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago will deliver the spotlight presentation.

Researchers estimate that 1 in 50 people nationally – approximately 6 million total – have an unruptured brain aneurysm. A rupture occurs every 18 minutes, they say.

For more information, go to www.thebeefoundation.org/honeybash.

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