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The Hook Girls Beth and Alicia Hook and Aubrey Pollesch's Fundraiser:

2013 Team Ritter NYC Marathon

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July 03, 2013

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The Hook Girls Beth and Alicia Hook and Aubrey Pollesch

THE STORY:

What if your knowledge could save someone’s life?

My mom and I are honored to be chosen as representatives of Team Ritter!  And, we are honored to use our love and passion for running to raise $6,000 for a cause dear to our hearts.  We would love nothing more than to raise further awareness about aortic health.  Why?  Because the knowledge we had saved my dad’s life twice.  And, we would love to help save more lives.

In 2005, after being teased for being the only man at his high school reunion without a grey hair and a beer belly, my dad had a seizure like attack.  After spending days in the hospital and undergoing multiple tests my dad was sent home- unsure of what really happened.

We thank God for multiple things that happened.  First- that we had the knowledge of my grandmother’s death from an aneurysm in her fifties.  Although I never got to meet her- her death helped saved my dad’s life.  Also, the knowledge that all of my grandmother’s siblings have suffered from aneurysms.  We are also very grateful that one person at the hospital happened to mention how my dad fit the mold of Marfan Syndrome- something my parents had never heard of.

With this knowledge in hand and some helpful guidance by family friends (thanks Eric and Rosie) my parents brought my dad’s test results to a specialist in Chicago.  It was there we learned that my dad needed immediate surgery to repair an aneurysm in his ascending aorta.  As a man in his forties with otherwise impeccable health- we thank God every day that we had the knowledge we had to advocate for my dad and push for more answers.

After a successful surgery, my dad continued to see a specialist who further studied our family history.  His 6 month checkups became routine and genetic testing determined he has Familial TAAD.  Throughout my dad’s journey our eyes have been constantly opened to how little people know about aortic health!  In sharing my dad’s story we are always sharing new information with people.  We have also learned that many people (even in the medical field) have no idea about the nature of aneurysms or how to treat people who are predisposed to have an aneurysm!  If my dad was sent home from the hospital with an aneurysm that needed immediate surgery- how many other people face that risk?

Fast forward to 2011- what a big year for our family!  College graduation and a December 2011 wedding for me!  However, our little world turned upside down in October when my dad’s 6 month checkup revealed he had another aneurysm that needed immediate surgery!  It was very easy to be mad- why again?  Why now?  But, we were again reminded how blessed we were to have the knowledge of my dad’s family history and genetic disorder.  We were lucky.

So, December 17th came and my dad rocked his role as father of the bride.  He was there to walk me down the aisle.  He was there to give a toast before dinner.  And, he was there to do an awesome 7 minute daddy/daughter/bridesmaid break out dance.  And- most were amazed to know that in just two weeks he would again be undergoing open heart surgery.

Every day we thank God for how the events played out for our family.  After two successful open heart surgeries, we are constantly thankful for the knowledge of our family medical history.  We are thankful that we quickly learned we needed to be my dad’s biggest advocates and make sure to share our story with everyone we can.  Knowledge is power, and it can save somebody’s life!

Please help us to spread the word. Together, we can help raise awareness and save more lives like my dad's!

$12,446

MONEY RAISED
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  • Kelsey T.

    $10

  • Steve Seggelink

    $20

  • Heather Potocek

    $10

  • Rael Swigert

    $24

  • John and Diana Werth

    $20

  • Jeanette P. Woyner

    $15

  • Ray and Beth Hook

    $25

  • Lupe Gallardo-Kathrens

    $30

  • Rosanne Huber

    $35

  • Tara Busa

    $10

  • Ray and Beth Hook

    $36

  • Mack family

    $30

  • Eric and Rosie Smyth

    $125

  • Jack and Nancy Carlton

    $20

  • Tom and Norma Coburn

    $100

  • Tim and Jean Lynch

    $25

  • AUGS Family Member

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Eden Swigert

    $10

  • Bob Lenning

    $50

  • Morgan

    $20

  • Mary H.

    $25

  • Ray and Beth Hook

    $40

  • Amy Bendall

    $20

  • Linda Johnson

    $25

  • Nicole Edwards

    $25

  • Thomas Walker

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Ray and Beth Hook

    $40

  • Anonymous

     

  • Carroll Family

    $100

  • George and Mildred Puffett

    $100

  • Tim and Moria Pollesch

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $12

  • Ray and Beth Hook

    $35

  • Cheree Molitor

    $25

  • Rachel

    $10

  • Jeannette and Dick Kolb

    $50

  • Laurie Giumento

    $25

  • Scott & Karrine Spiller

    $50

  • Greg and Sandi Reck

    $10

  • Dean poulos

    $25

  • Ray and Beth Hook

    $25

  • Chris DuCasse

    $10

  • ITW

    $891

  • Gail

    $20

  • Ray and Beth Hook

    $37

  • Samantha Stone

    $10

  • Sandra Wimer

    $15

  • Kathy Coburn

    $50

  • Support Crew

    $90

  • Tom and Mary Pollesch

    $100

  • Jessica Reblin

    $10

  • S. Stone

    $10

  • Helen Voit

    $20

  • Ray and Beth Hook-

    $25

  • Tim and Sandi Smyth

    $100

  • Dawn Koopman, Century 21 Properties Unlimited.

    $25

  • Ray and Beth Hook

    $25

  • ITW

    $528

  • Fritzler Family

    $20

  • Ray and Beth Hook

    $45

  • Sue Beshel

    $50

  • Pete and Linda Fassbinder

    $50

  • Marianne and Andy Nicolosi

    $50

  • Ray and beth Hook

    $27

  • Susan Anderson Mahaffey

    $25

  • Team Ritter Support Crew

    $54

  • Jay H Marshall and Family

    $150

  • Wendy Loe

    $25

  • The Brillion Family

    $25

  • Todd and Karla Rice

    $50

  • Ruth and George Shone

    $100

  • Sarah & Jake Bauer

    $25

  • David Christensen

    $26

  • Ray and Beth Hook

    $45

  • Dory Vanderspool

    $100

  • Lisa & Nate

    $25

  • Ray and Beth Hook

    $25

  • Carol Rutledge

    $100

  • Hillary Hamer

    $25

  • Dan and Jenn Sheahan

    $100

  • David and Linda Pollesch

    $40

  • The Dayment Family- Wayne's Pizza

    $500

  • Rebekah Ungemach

    $25

  • The Boesch Family

    $100

  • Eric Smith

    $25

  • julie paddock

    $150

  • Vera & John Tierney

    $20

  • Amy Bendall

    $10

  • Jason and Amy Husman

    $26

  • Barbara Regan

    $25

  • ITW

    $576

  • Alicia Hook's ABC Summer of Service Award

    $1,000

  • Jim & Kristine Potter

    $50

  • Ann (Tomlinson) Parkinson

    $100

  • The Kapchinski Family

    $50

  • Jeff, Zack and Debra

    $20

  • Beth Hook

    $26

  • ITW

    $78

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96% Raised of$13,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $121,217 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Greg Weaver

Amount Raised

$42,401

 

102% Raised of$41,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

The Hook Girls Beth and Alicia Hook...

Amount Raised

$12,446

 

96% Raised of$13,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Stacy Curtis

Amount Raised

$9,283

 

93% Raised of$10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sarah and Jennifer Jurica

Amount Raised

$6,580

 

219% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Pam Emerson

Amount Raised

$5,754

 

115% Raised of$5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Caroline Gredler

Amount Raised

$5,675

 

189% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Kristin Morrison

Amount Raised

$4,624

 

154% Raised of$3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jock and Cathy Pool

Amount Raised

$4,580

 

115% Raised of$4,000 Goal

Donor Comments

ITW

ITW

DONATION: $78

5 years ago

Beth Hook

Beth Hook

DONATION: $26

I COMPLETED THE NEW YORK CITY MARATHON!!!! AND................Met the most amazing people- TEAM RITTER!!! 26.2 dollars for research!! 5 years ago

Jeff, Zack and Debra

Jeff, Zack and Debra

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

The Kapchinski Family

The Kapchinski Family

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Ann (Tomlinson) Parkinson

Ann (Tomlinson) Parkinson

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Jim & Kristine Potter

Jim & Kristine Potter

DONATION: $50

Very proud of you ladies!! Good luck this weekend...will be thinking of you all!! 5 years ago

Alicia Hook's ABC Summer of Service Award

Alicia Hook's ABC Summer of Service Award

DONATION: $1,000

5 years ago

ITW

ITW

DONATION: $576

5 years ago

Barbara Regan

Barbara Regan

DONATION: $25

Pedal to the metal Beth! 5 years ago

Jason and Amy Husman

Jason and Amy Husman

DONATION: $26

5 years ago