Our Mission Statement: Brain Aneurysm Young Adult Network (BRAYN) is dedicated to helping raise awareness of early brain aneurysm symptoms. Started by young adults, for young adults, this movement is devoted to informing communities whether impacted or not to recognize early symptoms and improve outcomes of this much too common yet unknown illness.


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How was BRAYN started?

My name is Sofia Ponpipom. When I was in third grade, my dad suffered a brain aneurysm. Thankfully, he survived. My mom had a gut feeling that something was seriously wrong and remembered learning that “the worst headache of my life” was an important warning. Because of this, my dad got help, and some truly amazing doctors saved his life. For some people, the effects of an aneurysm may be lifelong. I see this with my dad every day, and years later, I am often reminded of how lucky I am to still have him with me. Because of my family’s experience, I wanted to bring greater awareness of brain aneurysms to others. After doing a lot of thinking during the COVID shutdown, I came up with an idea to build a network of young adults to help raise awareness of brain aneurysms for the younger generation. Partnering with the Lisa Foundation, the Brain Aneurysm Young Adult Network (BRAYN) was started in 2021. We believe that educating Young Adults will help save lives because they will carry this knowledge with them forever.

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Meet the Founders of BRAYN


Sofia Ponpipom


Julia Martini


Isabelle Panico


Lauren Hall


Jack Shelton

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Our Foundation

The Lisa Foundation, a 501 (c)(3), is the leading private funder of Brain Aneurysm initiatives that directly or indirectly support awareness, education, research, and survivor support in the U.S.

Our Mission

To foster a national dialogue and understanding around Brain Aneurysms and drive better patient outcomes through pioneering education, research, and support.

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The Lisa Foundation

Administrative Office & Mailing Address

P.O. Box 13

Frankenmuth, MI 48734

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