TBF Awareness Ambassadors

What makes The Bee Foundation so special is the connection among brain aneurysm survivors and their support network.  Each of our Awareness Ambassadors’ lives have been impacted forever and suddenly by a Brain Aneurysm. This is why we believe that the voices of our Ambassadors are at the core of who we are and what we do. In partnership together our mission is to raise awareness of brain aneurysms and increase funding for innovative research that prevents brain aneurysms and saves lives. 

 

Brian Aneurysm Ambassadors

BRAIN ANEURYSM'S 101

An estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm, or 1 in 50 people. The annual rate of rupture is approximately 8 per 100,000 people or about 30,000 people in the United States suffer a ruptured brain aneurysm. There is a brain aneurysm rupturing every 18 minutes.

Meet Our Awareness Ambassadors

Alicia Smart

 “Bee Adventurous”

As a two time brain aneurysm survivor who made invaluable connections through the Bee Foundation, I am excited to be a part of the Bee Foundation Ambassador group to help raise awareness and money for research for all those impacted by Brain Aneurysms.  

 

Andrew Davie

“Bee resilient”

I wanted to be an ambassador to able to help others navigate through their recovery. 

“Bee Beautiful”

Being an Ambassador of anything is a privilege especially if it relates directly to you!  I had a brain aneurysm.  Daily I am grateful to be alive and I take full responsibility for everything that I do – including how I respond to the unexpected.  Being an Ambassador for Bee Foundation allows me to share my own experience so I can support people to short cut the otherwise lengthy journey of recovery that they may find themselves in.  I look forward to growing with Bee Foundation.

“Bee Authentic”

I want to be an ambassador for The Bee Foundation because of what the Bee Foundation has meant to me in the last 18 months since my ruptured brain aneurysm.  I want to be a voice for survivors, give hope to those who are suffering in silence, and help prevent this from happening to others.

Diana L Creaturo

“Bee Poetic”

 I sometimes feel like I don’t always know what is going on when it comes to raising awareness, and I always want to do more but never know where or how to start. The Ambassador group will be a great way to connect more with the group,  learn more and do more to help make a difference.  

Elizabeth Ratta

“Bee Open”

It is full circle for me to be an ambassador because when I was first diagnosed with a brain aneurysm it was the Bee Foundation that served as a life raft for me after I read a story shared by a Brain Aneurysm survivor that resonated with me and helped me not feel alone. To be able to support and engage with other survivors and raise awareness about brain aneurysms is a gift. I feel honored to stand beside the strong survivors serving as ambassadors. I believe so much in the value of this work and it is incredibly rewarding to be able to see the positive impacts. I’m forever grateful. 
 

Eloise Repeczk

“Bee adventurous!”

As I think of how I can help my little corner of the world, I’m continuously drawn to the brain aneurysm community. After my sister, and best friend, first suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm in January 2018, we were drawn to the brain aneurysm community to help understand this silent disease and how we could best provide support during her healing process.

Jaime Meltzer​

“To bee the light for my sister and others”

My sister, my best friend, Lora Ritchie, died January 18 2022 at age 43 from a ruptured aneurysm. She left so much behind. Her parents, her children (3 girls 7,11,13) her husband, her niece, nephews, friends and ME. I miss her every second of every day. I want to find the “why” and help funding for future research so no one ever feels this Excruciating pain.

Jessica Fausak

“Bee Compassionate”

I want to be an ambassador because helping others gives me fulfillment.

Katherina Diemer

“Bee resilient, Bee your own advocate, and Bee love”

I wanted to be an ambassador to help other people if possible and share my experience with people. I also love the Bee Foundation and  want to bring awareness to aneurysms and this organization. I feel lucky to have found this group and resource and it’s been so helpful for me.

Kavita Basi

“Be Active, Be ethical, Be Confident “

Alongside helping others it was also important for me to help our planet! Having always been interested in sustainability, the social change that was happening in society & wanting to live better due to my life changing experience, all helped to enhance my focus around this. I want to continue to raise awareness for both brain injuries and living better.

Minda Thurman

“Bee Bold”

To ‘bee’ an ambassador means to advocate fiercely for a cause. I sincerely believe in the mission of The Bee Foundation to raise awareness and gain funding to back critical research for the prevention and treatment of deadly AVMs and aneurysms. The organization provided me a safe space to “bee” myself and recover from the most life-changing experience that’s ever happened to me.

Tricia Scobey

“Bee Proactive” 

The Bee Foundation has helped me learn about aneurysms and to find my voice to help others learn about them.  I want to be a part of the solution as no one should have to go through what I went through.  The focus on PREVENTION is key for me.

Zac Yezzi

“Bee Strong”

My goal is to pay it forward to help provide others with the same resources that I received after my AVM rupture, and hopefully help prevent brain aneurysms and AVM rupture from happening altogether

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