Ryan Whithorn is a passionate Baseball player. No one supported his career than his mother, Laura. Laura Whithorn, succumbed to her brain aneurysm on January 6, 2021 during the Christmas/New Year Season.

Ryan notes, “By far, this has been the most difficult challenge I’ve been presented in my life and I’m learning how to overcome it day by day. Not a single day goes by where I do not miss her or think about her. My mother taught me that God’s will will be done. She was called home and I’m extremely proud of the life she led and for her to have her place in eternal peace with the Lord. My mother was a light to those that knew her, so I’ve made it my mission to be the same. My mother and father both sacrificed a lot for me to be successful. My mother wholeheartedly supported my baseball career. She loved watching me play. I remember the last time we played catch, the last game she was at, and all of her good luck texts and phone calls. I feel very fortunate to be able to pursue my dreams with her watching from above. Before this tragedy in my life occurred, I had zero knowledge on brain aneurysms, but now I know more about the signs and symptoms. I encourage everyone to get multiple check ups and to listen to their bodies. Human error is real and sometimes even the best of us miss the signs and symptoms. So, please educate yourself and spread awareness, so that we can save as many lives as possible. God Bless.”

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Each of these athletes, Mallory Brewer, Nick Cordrey & Maddie Potts, were tragically taken too soon due to a ruptured brain aneurysm. Athletes for Aneurysms expands the Headstands for Mallory campaign to reach even more people by joining the families and friends of these athletes doing what they loved most.


Help us spread brain aneurysm awareness and prevention in honor of Laura. On June 1st, we will announce Athletes for Aneurysms. We will invite you to join the fundraiser or you can start your own.

1. Post a video playing baseball – catch it, throw it, hold it, as long as it’s for Laura! 

Participants agree to post a video playing baseball on their social media feed with a caption sharing who Laura is and that a brain aneurysm ruptures every 18 minutes.

2. Nominate

Participants will nominate at least 3 friends to join in to help make sure they know the facts about brain aneurysms.

3. Donate

Participants will be invited to join our Instagram fundraiser or they can start their own, so they can add the fundraiser button directly to the post and feature it on their profile. This is essential to maximizing fundraising opportunities for research and prevention.



Sample  – Catch it, hold it, hit it, or download the awareness graphic 
Copy and Paste the text below:

This post is in honor of a woman named Laura Whithorn whose life was taken too soon, after suffering a fatal ruptured brain aneurysm.

A brain aneurysm ruptures every 18 minutes. That is 10 brain aneurysm ruptures during every baseball game.

Please consider getting involved and helping spread brain aneurysm awareness and prevention in honor of Laura. I nominate




#athletesforaneurysmawareness @thebeefoundation @wittywhithorn



Join the Athletes For Brain Aneurysm Awareness fundraiser on Instagram on June 1st.

Add the donate button directly on your post so your audience will be able to get involved and learn more about Athletes For Aneurysms and TBF all in one place.

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