Aces Against Aneurysms, an initiative started by aneurysm survivor Rebecca Winchell, has scheduled its 6th annual ladies and men’s tennis tournaments.
Men’s Tennis Tournament
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Proceeds from this year’s tournaments will go toward patient education materials for aneurysm survivors and their families.
“We have come a long way in our six year history and have made a positive difference in the lives of those stricken with an aneurysm,” Winchell said.
She survived a potentially deadly brain hemorrhage as a result of an aneurysm in 2009 and has made good on her promise to raise awareness in the area. She spearheaded the formation of a new 501 (C) 3 nonprofit, Brain Support NOLA, brainsupportnola.com, to support aneurysm awareness.
“I am excited to have a nonprofit organization to accept donations and support for aneurysm awareness,” Winchell stated. “The Aces Against Aneurysms tennis tournament will hopefully be the first of many events sponsored by Brain Support NOLA.”
Last year’s tournament raised $8,000 for the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Department of Neurosurgery. The funds will be used to further aneurysm research. This year’s donations will help produce informative brochures for patients just recovering from an aneurysm.
“It is a terrifying experience to wake up in the hospital after having had surgery for a brain aneurysm,” Winchell recalled. “I can’t stress enough how reassuring it is to have helpful information to provide answers to the many questions patients and their families have.”
An aneurysm is an abnormal widening of an artery. A bulging sac forms and can burst, resulting in massive bleeding in the brain. People are typically born with aneurysms, it sometimes takes forty to fifty years before causing problems. Or it may never cause problems.
An estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm, or 1 in 50 people. The annual rate of rupture is approximately 8 per 100,000 people or about 25,000.
Symptoms of a ruptured brain aneurysm often come on suddenly, they may include:
• Sudden, severe headache
• Neck pain
• Nausea and vomiting
• Sensitivity to light
• Fainting or loss of consciousness
The purpose of the tennis tournament is to raise funds for aneurysm research and education in the local community. Twitter: @AcingAs Website: brainsupportnola.com
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TENNIS TOURNEY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ANEURYSM AWARENESS
Aces Against Aneurysms
Monday, April 4, 2011
Pelican Athletic Club-Mandeville
Entry fee: $40 per/ person
To register: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration deadline: March 21Aces Against Aneurysms, an initiative started last year by aneurysm survivor Rebecca Winchell, has scheduled its second annual tennis tournament for April 4, 2011 at Pelican Athletic Club in Mandeville. Proceeds from the tournament will fund an aneurysm awareness support group. Cost of entering the tournament is $40 and participants must register by March 21 by contacting Barbara Fisher at email@example.com.
Winchell suffered a potentially deadly brain hemorrhage as a result of an aneurysm two years ago. Last year’s inaugural tournament raised $10,000. Winchell is currently in discussions with the national Brain Aneurysm Foundation about launching a local chapter in this area.
“Right now, there is not a local support group for aneurysm survivors,” Winchell says. “We got a tremendous response last year from aneurysm survivors along the Gulf Coast, so there is obviously a need for a support mechanism.” Winchell has a blog with further details about the tournament: http://acinganeurysms.wordpress.com/