Janet Nemann Memorial Swim Nets $2,500 for Neurosurgery Research

Swimmers pose for photo.

Participants at the Janet Nemann Memorial Swim. Photo by Paul McDonald

The Janet Nemann Memorial Relay Swim, held Jan. 23 at Turpin High School, raised $2,500 for neurosurgical research at the Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke Center at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute.

The relay-format swim, which drew more than 100 swimmers who swam over 12 miles, honored the late Janet Nemann, a beloved schoolteacher, for her contributions to the Forest Hills School District, the Cincinnati swimming community and Anderson Township.

Mrs. Nemann, who died last spring three weeks after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm, earned a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1987 and a master’s in education from Miami University in 1992. She taught junior high science for 21 years, 16 of them in the Forest Hills School District.

“She loved to share her science knowledge and ability with all of her students,” says Abby Snook, a longtime friend whose three children were taught by Mrs. Nemann. “She was also an avid photographer and swim mom and took photos of both the ME Lyons Anderson Barracuda Swim Team and the Turpin High School Swim team.”

Mrs. Nemann’s daughter, Katie, will enroll at UC on a swimming scholarship in the fall of 2010.

In April 2009 Mrs. Nemann suffered an aneurysm rupture and subsequent subarachnoid hemorrhage while snorkeling in Key West, Florida, after watching Katie compete in the YMCA National Swimming Championships.

Mrs. Nemann, critically ill, was hospitalized in Florida, where doctors did everything they could to keep her condition stable before attempting surgery. Eighteen days following the aneurysm’s initial rupture, Mrs. Nemann’s aneurysm resumed bleeding. At that time her surgeons packed the aneurysm with tiny coils during a complex endovascular procedure.

On Day 23, while her husband, Ed, was reading her some of the cards her students had sent, Mrs. Nemann suffered a final hemorrhage. “It happened so fast that she was lost in just a few moments,” Mr. Nemann says. “The doctors surmised that the artery leading to the coiling had ruptured, bleeding out in just a few minutes.”

Mrs. Nemann was 54. In accordance with her wishes, her organs were harvested and donated to patients and scientific research. “She died the same way she lived: loving science and caring about people,” Mrs. Snook says. “She will be missed by many.”

Money from the Relay Swim will support research for the surgical prevention and treatment of stroke through the Neurosurgery Fund at the University of Cincinnati Foundation. It is the hope of Ed Nemann and Katie that the funds will help improve outcomes for patients with complex neurovascular disorders.

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