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AVM Awareness Month

October 2, 2023

Did you know that October is Brain Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Awareness Month?

AVM's are thought to be congenital (present at birth) and are abnormal connections between arteries and veins, usually in the brain or spine. They can be fatal if left undetected.

This month is near and dear to the heart of Gina Keely, who's daughter Paige Elizabeth Keely died in 2018 at the age of 6 from an undiagnosed brain AVM. Paige was a first grader at St. James Elementary School.

Please watch Mrs. Keely's elementary educational AVM video below. She hopes to share it with students throughout the SCSD this month.

For more information on the the foundation Mrs. Keely started for her daughter click HERE

We will hear from Mrs. Keely about her continuing efforts to educate on AVM's later this month.