Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation to Mark Its 10th Year and Announces National Week of Celebration

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Organization named for former tennis professionals and coaches to be visibile nationwide via events and promotions as it communicates its support for brain tumor patients and their families.

Ten years after the grand slam standout twin doubles team-turned coaches, Tim and Tom Gullikson, announced the formation of the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation to help support programs for patients and families affected by brain tumors, the United States and thousands outside the country will recognize Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation Week, May 23-29, 2005.

Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation Week will be listed in the 2005 Chases Calendar of Events and celebrate the culmination of grass roots tennis and other events the Foundation has scheduled throughout the next 10 months to bring attention to the needs of brain tumor patients and their families.

Tim Gullikson, half of the duo that won 10 tour doubles titles which was a record for brothers in the Open Era of tennis until Mike and Bob Bryan eclipsed the mark in 2003, was diagnosed with brain tumors in 1995 while coaching Pete Sampras.

Upon learning of his illness and experiencing the physical, social and emotional challenges that accompanied it, Tim Gullikson turned to his twin, Tom, and served up a concept that would help others affected by brain tumors manage those same challenges presented by the disease. Tim Gullikson believed that programs that incorporate the principles of team-building, mental and attitude development and coaching on how to best treat and live with the illness, would help patients and families fill a void in the traditional health care realm. Since then, the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation has raised more than $3 million and funded programs that support brain tumor patients and their families.

Brain tumors are the No. 2 cause of cancer deaths in children and young adults, and the No. 3 cause of cancer deaths in middle-aged adults.

So far in 2004, the Foundation has awarded 58 scholarships to college-bound students whose lives have been affected by brain tumors. It continues to support research regarding quality of life that confronts brain tumor patients and provides camp scholarships to children who are brain tumor survivors to attend Ronald McDonald Good Time Camps. It’s funded social workers in the East and West coasts and in the Midwest who have developed social service programs for, and provide support via a toll-free phone line and the internet to brain tumor patients and caregivers as well as a brain tumor networking group at The Wellness Community in West Los Angeles.

The Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation also provided seed money to develop the Brain Tumor Family Support Center at Duke University Medical Center, which was a model support for large teaching hospitals.

“It was Tim’s desire to coach others through the difficulties presented by brain tumors,” Tom Gullikson, former U.S. Davis Cup captain, said. “He was fortunate to have so much family support and quality medical care, but recognized the need for others to have a place to turn, particularly families, when a patient’s abilities deteriorated because of the disease.”

Among the athletes and entertainers to support the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation is tennis professional Todd Martin who serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

“The Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation provides much needed and many times, overlooked care for families that are impacted by brain tumors. The programs the Foundation funds are good for patients because they know that their families may be taken care of while they fight the disease.”

According to Tim’s widow, Rosemary Gullikson, Tim was always a coach, with a focus on individuals and their needs. As the Foundation that bears his and his brother’s names reaches its 10th year, she believes that the Foundation’s programs pay tribute to that legacy.

A slate of activities are planned by the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation, along with the organization’s established annual events, Swingtime in West Palm Beach, Fla., and adidas tennis smash at Ocean Edge in Brewster, Mass. A schedule of events will be released within the next six weeks, and will also be posted at http://www.gulliksonfoundation.org.

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