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Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month: Paramus Survivor 'Here To Help'

Patty Petrula of Paramus is hoping the burgundy ribbon will help spread brain aneurysm awareness throughout September.
Patty Petrula of Paramus is hoping the burgundy ribbon will help spread brain aneurysm awareness throughout September. Photo Credit: Patty Petrula
Petrula and the Paramus High School Cheerleading Squad rock burgundy for brain aneurysm awareness.
Petrula and the Paramus High School Cheerleading Squad rock burgundy for brain aneurysm awareness. Photo Credit: Patty Petrula
Guerilla Fitness rallies for Petrula.
Guerilla Fitness rallies for Petrula. Photo Credit: Patty Petrula
Cycle and Dance for Patty Petrula.
Cycle and Dance for Patty Petrula. Photo Credit: Patty Petrula
Dance and spread awareness with Patty Petrula.
Dance and spread awareness with Patty Petrula. Photo Credit: Patty Petrula

PARAMUS, N.J. — Almost 30 months after suffering a brain aneurysm at Maywood’s HackensackUMC Fitness and Wellness Center, Patty Petrula of Paramus is going back. This time, to raise awareness.

The survivor has organized a series of fundraisers throughout September — Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month — including one this Sunday at a dance studio in Dumont and another at the wellness center on Friday, Sept. 30 (SEE PHOTOS ABOVE).

“The main thing is that I want people to keep moving,” said Petrula, 45, who was training for a triathlon at the time of her accident. “My recovery was so good because I was in very good shape.”

Petrula's mantra throughout her recovery process has been "survive and thrive."

The River Edge native has been spreading awareness through the burgundy brain aneurysm awareness ribbon, recently rocked by Paramus cheerleaders and tied to trees around town.

Paramus CrossFit gym Guerrilla Fitness donated all proceeds from Thursday evening’s class to the survivor, who had gone a few years back for a Spartan Race.

Petrula knows she’s lucky to have survived — but merely existing is not enough.

“If I live, why wouldn’t I be helping people?” she said.

“I had such amazing support and I want to be able to help somebody.”

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