Aces Against Aneurysms, an initiative started by aneurysm survivor Rebecca Winchell, has scheduled its 10th annual ladies’ tennis tournament.
Men’s Tennis Tournament
Planning for 2019!
Pelican Athletic Club – MAP
A fundraising tennis tournament started by a local brain aneurysm survivor celebrated its 10th year on Monday, May 1 at Pelican Athletic Club in Mandeville. The tournament was started by Rebecca Winchell of Mandeville, who wanted to do more to educate patients and families recovering from brain aneurysms. She started a nonprofit, Brain Support NOLA, which just months ago established the Robert C. Dawson Aneurysm Lectureship Fund at LSU Health Department of Neurosurgery to sponsor visiting lectures on aneurysm research and treatment.
“Brain aneurysms touch the lives of many families in our community every day and it was important to us that our fundraising furthered aneurysm research and prevention here at home,” Winchell said. “We are proud of the growth of the Aces Against Aneurysm tournament and our nonprofit Brain Support Nola as it continues to support the community of brain aneurysm survivors in south Louisiana.”
The ladies’ tournament is a round robin format (partners will be provided), as well as a silent auction and resale of gently-used tennis attire. More information is on brainsupportnola.com . To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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