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BIRDIES FOR BRAINS: Metro group to golf for injury awareness

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Brian Eder nearly lost his sister to an aneurysm, and the experience compelled him to do something to raise awareness about brain injuries -- but that doesn't mean he can't have fun along the way.

On the summer solstice next Friday, eight people will tee off at 4:30 a.m. and golf until they can no longer see as part of Birdies for Brains.

It usually takes 4-5 hours to play 18 holes of golf, depending on your pace -- meaning 20 hours is about 100 holes. That's a feat Eder is ready to explore, even if he isn't sure how he'll see it through.

"I feel good. I don't think you can prepare for something so insane," he told FOX 9 News. "You just do it and deal with the after-effects."

Eder and seven other golfers plan to keep on the course for as long as they can to raise money for the Minnesota Brain Injury Association -- and a family he's never met.

"The whole point of doing this is to pay it forward," he explained. "We've been blessed … you have to do something for others."

Eder's sister, Christine Erickson, is the reason he started all of this.

"Brain injuries aren't something you hear about every day in the news," she said. "I didn't even know, honestly, what an aneurysm was until I had one."

Erickson suffered her aneurysm at the age of 21, just six weeks before graduating college.

"The surgeon at the St. Cloud hospital literally saved her life," Eder told FOX 9. "It was minutes from death. She shouldn't have made it."

As Erickson recovered, friends and even strangers donated to help her along.

"I had to go from sitting in economics classes to learning how to tie my shoes, speak, eat, walk," she said. "I had to go back to ground zero."

Now, Eder hopes to channel the love for his sister and golf to give back to others by taking pledges for each hole played.

"When you get up on the 7th hole and you are tired, it's really motivating to know how much money you are raising and the good you are doing," he said. "I think it's going to be sore and long, but well worth it."

So far, Eder's team is on pace to raise more than $20,000. Anyone who would like to help add to that sum can visit the Brain Injury Association's website: http://www.braininjurymn.org/

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