Raise a Racquet

Jun 26, 2012

Photo courtesy of Jim (Code Poet) at Flickr

Crohn’s Disease is one of the fastest growing “new” diseases out there. Whereas this inflammatory bowel disease used to hit people more in mid-life, for the last 15 years or so, the largest group of people affected has been teenagers.

It can be a debilitating disease that withers away the body as it cannot absorb essential nutrients from food. Those affected can suffer anemia, rapid weight loss, extreme fatigue, swelling of joints and skin rashes, as well as quite severe abdominal pain. Strict attention to diet is required, monitoring of energy levels so as not to overextend oneself, and a strict drug regimen (for example, quarterly 3-hour intravenous infusions of an antibody called Remicade).

Even with someone who’s dealt with Crohn’s for years (and hopefully weaned off of Remicade), flare ups can come out of the blue, quickly become serious, and require hospital stays of a week or more. As a lifelong chronic illness, Crohn’s is a tough diagnosis to get for someone who’s only a teenager.

“Raise a Racquet” tennis tournament will benefit Huntington Hospital’s Pediatric Unit and the Pediatric IBD Center at Cedars-Sinai, raising funds to find a cure for pediatric Chrohn’s and Colitis.

Hosted by Pasadena-area tennis clubs, the 3-day event will have an opening reception for all registered players on Friday, July 13th, with live jazz, cocktails, goodie bags, a silent auction, and—yes—tennis (“a fun expo match”).

Men and women’s singles, doubles, and mixed doubles matches will be played (3.0 to Open level) at the Arroyo Seco Racquet Club and the Altadena Town & Country Club.

This is their first annual charity tennis tournament and anyone is invited to play (singles, $50; doubles/mixed doubles, $100 a team). Go to to learn more and sign up. Play starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and the last match of the day will start at 5:30. Sunday is set aside for the finals.

Raise a Racquet Tennis Tournament
Opening reception: Friday, July 13th, 6 p.m., Altadena Town & Country Club
2290 Country Club Drive
Matches played at ATCC or the Arroyo Seco Racquet Club (920 Lohman Lane, South Pas)
For complete info, visit



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