PROJECT7: Team Kilimanjaro was created with the goal of experiencing the journey of life time and standing on the roof of Africa with family & friends, to raise awareness and money for brain research!  Donation match, dollar-for-dollar!  Both Brain Canada and the American Brain Foundation will be matching your (tax-deductible) generous gift DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR! Donate to our TEAM as we Strive for the roof of Africa!

We partnered with the Brain Canada and the American Brain Foundation to support their important missions to fund crucial research and education to discover causes, improved treatments, and cures for brain and other nervouse system diseases. One in six people is affected by a brain disease such as Alzheimer's, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, autism, epilepsy and countless others.  Any amount, great or small, helps in the fight to Cure Brain Disease. I greatly appreciate your support. Make sure to keep checking the site to see our progress!  CHECK OUT THE TEAM BELOW:  Andrew Jamieson, Jennifer AikenAndrea RouletSamantha Galvin, Jon ClarkRick Mazzola, William Galvin and Eric Pilon-Bignell.

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Andrew Jamieson


Jennifer Aiken

Waco, TX


Andrea Roulet

Montreal, Quebec


Samantha Galvin

Dallas, TX

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Jon Clark

Dallas, Canada

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William Galvin

Houston, TX

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Rick Mazzolla

Dallas, Texas


Eric Pilon-Bignell

Ancaster, Ontario

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Stroke Statistics

U.S. Statistics

  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 140,000 people die each year from stroke in the United States.
  • Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.
  • Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks.
  • Nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. The risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55.
  • Strokes can and do occur at ANY age. Nearly one fourth of strokes occur in people under the age of 65.
  • Stroke death rates are higher for African-Americans than for whites, even at younger ages.
  • On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds.
  • Stroke accounted for about one of every 17 deaths in the United States in 2006. Stroke mortality for 2005 was 137,000.
  • From 1995–2005, the stroke death rate fell ~30 percent and the actual number of stroke deaths declined ~14 percent.
  • The risk of ischemic stroke in current smokers is about double that of nonsmokers after adjustment for other risk factors.
  • Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an independent risk factor for stroke, increasing risk about five-fold.
  • High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for stroke.

Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Canadian Statistics

  • In 2000, stroke accounted for 7% of all deaths – 15,409 Canadians.
  • Every seven minutes, a Canadian dies of heart disease or stroke.
  • Stroke was the second largest contributor to hospital care costs among cardiovascular diseases (2000-2001).
  • Eighty percent of Canadians have at least one of the risk factors for heart and/or cerebrovascular disease: daily smoking, physical inactivity, being overweight, self-reported high blood pressure, or diabetes.
  • Between 1969 and 1999, death rates for cerebrovascular disease decreased by 62%.

Learn more about stroke in Canada from The Growing Burden of Heart Disease and Stroke in Canada 2003, a report by the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Worldwide Statistics

  • According to the World Health Organization, 15 million people suffer stroke worldwide each year. Of these, 5 million die and another 5 million are permanently disabled.
  • High blood pressure contributes to more than 12.7 million strokes worldwide.
  • Europe averages approximately 650,000 stroke deaths each year.
  • In developed countries, the incidence of stroke is declining, largely due to efforts to lower blood pressure and reduce smoking. However, the overall rate of stroke remains high due to the aging of the population.

Source: World Health Report – 2002, from the World Health Organization.