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RENO, Nev. – The Reno Aces will host Saint Mary’s “Home Run for Life” ceremony for Faye Elliot, who was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the third leading cause of death in the United States. The ceremony will occur on Friday, August 18 when the Aces take on the Sacramento River Cats at 7:05 p.m. at Greater Nevada Field.
After days of finding it difficult to breathe, Elliott was admitted into Saint Mary’s when it was discovered she had pneumonia followed by a diagnosis of COPD, a chronic disease that causes constriction of the airways. Weeks later, Elliot suffered a heart attack and her Saint Mary’s Cardiology providers inserted a stent to aid in healing.
Though there is no cure for the chronic illness, Elliot wants everyone to know that though the diagnosis has made her life different, life has not stopped; rather, it has shifted gears. She has quit smoking, and now practices yoga, a positive attitude, and breathing techniques to try to not be limited by the need of her oxygen tank.
Elliot explained, “You are only limited by what you decide you are going to do. It takes work and determination but it pays off in the end. I improve every day and I won’t stop at just a little improvement; I will keep working at being the best I can be.”
Since 2014, the Aces and Saint Mary’s have been partnered to showcase the “Home Run for Life” program. Once a month, a brave individual in the Northern Nevada community is honored by taking a ceremonial trip around the bases with each team lining the baselines. The ceremony tells the story of a battle against adversity. Individuals honored have overcome or are fighting a significant medical event in their life with the help of Saint Mary’s personnel.
Elliot will round the bases commemorating her “Home Run for Life” in the middle of the second inning Friday night. The Aces and River Cats players and staff will be lined up along each baseline to greet Elliot as she makes her way toward home plate while her story of adversity and triumph is publicly announced to the stadium crowd.
Greater Nevada Field gates open at 6:05 p.m. on Friday, August 18. Tickets are on-sale now at www.renoaces.com or by calling (775) 334-4700. Follow the club all season long on Twitter (@Aces) or like the team on Facebook.
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