6th Annual Tournament

6th Annual Tournament

Aces Against Aneurysms Tennis Tournament
Monday, April 13, 2015
Pelican Athletic Club-1170 Meadowbrook Boulevard, Mandeville
Entry fee: $50. Register by April 8.  Contact bfisher@thepac.com

Aces Against Aneurysms, an initiative started by aneurysm survivor Rebecca Winchell, has scheduled its 6th annual tennis tournament for Monday, April 13, 2015 at Pelican Athletic Club in Mandeville. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will go toward patient education materials for aneurysm survivors and their families. Cost of entering the tournament is $50 and participants must register by April 8 by contacting Barbara Fisher at bfisher@thepac.com.

“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 and a men’s tennis tournament was held last May to supplement the annual spring tournament.

“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 and 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.
• Seizures

The purpose of the tennis tournament is to raise funds for aneurysm research and education in the local community. To register for the tournament, contact Barbara Fisher at bfisher@thepac.com before April 8. Twitter: @AcingAs Website: brainsupportnola.com

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