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Submitted photo The MEGA brain exhibit allows visitors to walk through the action in your mind and learn all kinds of new things about its workings. The exhibit will be 4-8 p.m. Sept. 23-24 at Bureau County Metro Center in Princeton. Sponsored by Perry Memorial Hospital and Northern Illinois AHEC Network, it is open to the public.
PRINCETON — Stroke kills more than 137,000 people each year and each year about 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke according to American Stroke Association. That is why Perry Memorial Hospital, along with Genentech Community Partners Against Substance Abuse, and Northern Illinois AHEC Network are sponsoring a MEGA brain exhibit to help educate communities on stroke symptoms.
MEGA Brain is the world’s only inflatable, walk-through brain exhibit and will be open to the public 4-8 p.m. Sept. 23-24 at Bureau County Metro Center, Princeton. Visitors enter the brain exhibit through the frontal lobe which is responsible for personality and higher cognitive functions, and exit through the cerebellum, the portion of the brain that controls balance and coordination.
“The inflatable brain has a very detailed anatomy allowing the person touring to actually see what a stroke or an aneurysm might look like on the brain,” explained Marcia Hartwig, a registered nurse and education coordinator at PMH. “While touring, you also learn about other diseases of the brain such as epilepsy or multiple sclerosis. It’s an exciting way to learn. The MEGA Brain is designed to enhance knowledge of the brain for all ages.”
It also showcases a variety of features, both inside and outside the brain, including Alzheimer’s disease, headaches, Parkinson’s disease, Meningitis, brain tumor and brain trauma by providing an interactive educational experience that increases people’s awareness of the central nervous system’s most critical organ.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we’ve been able to (receive) grant funds to bring this to the community,” Hartwig said. “The American Heart Association has an initiative to improve the health of everyone and because of that we want to increase awareness of stroke, find symptoms and improve quality of life for stroke victims. They say ‘time is brain’ because the longer you wait after symptoms start, the more damage to your brain if you’re having a stroke. So it is vital to seek treatment immediately if you’re having a stroke.”
Several area organizations will have booths with educational materials and activities on stroke signs and treatments, drug and smoking effects, heart healthy living, therapy and balance, stroke camp, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.
Bureau County Metro Center is at 837 Park Ave. West, Princeton.