Swimming for Brain Aneurysm Awareness


Contact: Michelle Pipia-Stiles
(516) 570-4406


On a beautiful and warm summer day, a group of forty Oyster Bay area residents, volunteers and brain aneurysm survivors participated in the fifth annual one-mile swim in Oyster Bay Cove, raising $2,500 benefiting North Shore University Hospital’s Brain Aneurysm Center, part of the Cushing Neuroscience Institute.

The event was organized by brain aneurysm survivor Joan Imhof, along with the Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network. Ms. Imhof of Bayville, NY, suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm five years ago and was treated by North Shore University Hospital’s David Chalif, MD and Avi Setton, MD.

Dr. Chalif (second row, first from left) was there to cheer on the swim participants, some of whom were his own patients, saying, “Some of these people are my patients and I know how critically ill they were and look at them now!” One of Dr. Chalif’s patients participating in the swim was Walter Astudillo, four year brain aneurysm survivor from Port Washington, NY. When asked how he was feeling as a survivor, he replied, “It’s another day, one more day I survived! It means a lot to be here.”

About the Brain Aneurysm Center at North Shore University Hospital

The Brain Aneurysm Center, located at North Shore University Hospital, offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and multimodality treatments for brain aneurysms including endovascular coiling, micro-surgical clipping and a variety of adjunctive diagnostic techniques used to improve clinical outcomes for ruptured aneurysms. In addition, the Brain Aneurysm Center is one of the few national centers with expertise in intracranial bypass surgery, including the recently FDA approved ELANA laser assisted bypass technique. For more information about the Brain Aneurysm Center, call (516) 562-3815.