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Suzanne Smith's Fundraiser:

2016 Team Ritter NYC Marathon

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November 13, 2016

A week ago today at this moment, I was running the streets of my hometown in the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon. I still can't believe it.  It was such  See more
Suzanne Smith

THE STORY:

Why should you donate?  Because together we can prevent premature death.

On December 18, 2013, I lost my sister Dee to an aortic dissection.  It was sudden.  It was tragic.  It was a very confusing and helpless time.  I had never heard of this before.  I'm close with both of my sisters but Dee and I shared a bedroom as kids.  We did a lot together.  She probably influenced my love of 80's hair metal.  She was one of the strongest people I know.  We were born and raised in Staten Island, NY.  She was a 2 time survivor of the World Trade Center attacks, the bombing in 1993 and 9/11.  After our parents moved to Las Vegas, I followed shortly after.  After 9/11, Dee decided to start a new chapter in her life and moved to Las Vegas to be with us.  It wasn't easy to start over for her.  She had a lot of struggles but finally she was at a point in her life where she was happy.  

Her dissection happened so suddenly.  We just saw each other for Sunday dinner at our parents house.  She was a smoker and had some struggles with high blood pressure but we thought it was under control.  We'll never know.  Aortic dissections mimic a heart attack and so she was not treated for a dissection quick enough.  Chances of survival decrease with each passing hour.  It was unbelievable to be watching her and just waiting, knowing there was nothing else that could be done.  

From that moment on, I swore to live my life to honor her.  In my research of aortic dissection, I found the John Ritter Foundation.  They have been an amazing source of education for me.  I need to help them continue their education and research.  I enjoy running and have completed numerous half marathons.  I wanted to run a full marathon at least once. As a native New Yorker, I decided to run the TCS NYC Marathon as part of Team Ritter in memory of Dee to raise money for this important charity.  

This is an amazing opportunity to increase awareness of thoracic aortic disease, as well as raise funds to support education and research. 

Funds from the marathon will benefit the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases (JRRP) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) to support research to identify genetic risks for aortic dissections.

So why donate?  Maybe you loved Dee?  Maybe you love me?  Maybe aortic disease has touched your life in some way?  Maybe you have a sibling you can't imagine living without?  Maybe someone has done something special for you and you need to pay it forward? Whatever the reason is please donate today.  Doing good feels good.  

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I love you my sista.

"Don't stop believin"

$3,644

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kathy & Moataz El Hout

    $250

  • Tony & Melissa

    $50

  • Debbie Di Orio

     

  • Jami Henderson

    $25

  • Larry Mayer & Kim Sumner-Mayer

    $50

  • Sherine Negm

    $25

  • May El Hout

    $50

  • Mohanad El Hout

    $50

  • Karol Duncan

    $25

  • Jill Barnes

    $50

  • Adele Sabrina Ferraioli

    $50

  • Larry & Becky Martino

    $50

  • Christine Merritt

    $25

  • Nancy & Mark Aponte

    $50

  • Ram P. Chandran

    $25

  • Diane Lewis

    $100

  • Elizabeth Burger

    $100

  • Shelley Brown

    $25

  • Uncle Ray

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Janice Castellano

    $25

  • Celena DiLullo

    $100

  • Celena DiLullo

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Chrissy & Rich Winters

    $50

  • Jan Hoerle

     

  • Stacy Tiffany

    $25

  • Shaimaa El Hout

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Dan McGrath

    $100

  • Laila Abdoun

    $50

  • ANGELA STOLL

    $50

  • UNCLE EDDIE

    $100

  • Rob and Kelly Wilson

    $50

  • Voshell Family

    $25

  • C & K Davis

    $100

  • Robert Michael James

    $50

  • Kim Hagans

    $25

  • Dennis Wendy Sevea O'Brien

    $25

  • Danielle Park

    $25

  • Raymer

    $25

  • Casey Chernesky

    $30

  • Peter & Michael

    $50

  • Las Vegas Police Protective Association

    $500

  • Buffalo Wild Wings

    $234

  • Barbara Seebock

    $25

  • Club Fortune Casino

    $250

  • Lisa

    $200

  • Mary Moser

    $25

  • Carol Fowler

    $10

  • Johanna Smith

    $50

  • Kimiko Peterson

    $25

  • DeShawna

    $25

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121% Raised of$3,000 Goal

The Team: $94,304 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Frank Arko

Amount Raised

$22,513

 

113% Raised of$20,000 Goal

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Carmen David

Amount Raised

$15,113

 

101% Raised of$15,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jeff Harstine

Amount Raised

$7,635

Fundraiser Title

edward cooning IV

Amount Raised

$4,869

 

162% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Caroline Gredler

Amount Raised

$4,822

 

161% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ashley Bava

Amount Raised

$4,399

 

147% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Janine Romano

Amount Raised

$4,275

 

143% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

DeShawna

DeShawna

DONATION: $25

Love abounds. Thank you Dee and Sue. 3 years ago

Kimiko Peterson

Kimiko Peterson

DONATION: $25

Go Suzanne! I'm cheering you on! 3 years ago

Johanna Smith

Johanna Smith

DONATION: $50

We are so proud of what you are doing Sue! Good luck in the race! 3 years ago

Carol Fowler

Carol Fowler

DONATION: $10

Denise 3 years ago

Mary Moser

Mary Moser

DONATION: $25

In memory of Denise! 3 years ago

Lisa

Lisa

DONATION: $200

Dee I love you and I miss you more than you will ever know! 3 years ago

Club Fortune Casino

Club Fortune Casino

DONATION: $250

3 years ago

Barbara Seebock

Barbara Seebock

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Las Vegas Police Protective Association

Las Vegas Police Protective Association

DONATION: $500

3 years ago

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings

DONATION: $234

3 years ago