The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation created to raise brain aneurysm awareness


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Just over one year ago Lisa Colagrossi of Stamford, who was a beloved longtime morning reporter for WABC in New York, died of a brain aneurysm on the job.

She left behind a husband and two young sons.

Leading up to this, she had had several weeks of intense headaches that went unchecked. Her husband, Todd Crawford has now set up a foundation in her name to try and save the lives of others by raising awareness.

“Maybe because we didn’t know what a brain aneurysm was, let alone what the signs and symptoms are for brain aneurysms, we dismissed it and let it go and two weeks later she passed away on the job,” said Crawford.

“She called the house at 7:30 in the morning, as she did every morning, to make sure the boys had everything they needed for school, to tell them that she loved them, to tell me that she loved me. I was on my way back from a meeting around 9:15 when I got the phone call from one of the top neurosurgeons in the country out of New York City and when you get that call like that from a top neurosurgeon in one of the top hospitals in the country, you know that your life has changed forever,” said Crawford.

Crawford wants his foundation to become the world’s leading organization in the fight against brain aneurysms.

“That’s what life is about. It’s not about greed, about power, status, money, any of that stuff. What matters is how, at the end of the day, how are you going to define your life, your legacy, your journey in the physical world before you depart to the afterlife. It’s about making a positive difference in the lives of others around the world,” said Crawford.

To find out more about The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation, click here.

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