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9th National/Chicago Area SCADaddle© Celebration!

June 30, 2022

We’re celebrating the success of another National/Chicago Area in-person SCADaddle weekend! Thank you to everyone who helped to make this year’s National a reality especially Sarah Trulley and Sonia Perez-Morales, co-chairs and Carol Zich, who guided Sarah and Sonia throughout months of planning.

SCAD Social Reunion

The SCAD Reunion took place at the Embassy Suites, Naperville, IL on June 17 with a cash bar featuring a signature heart cocktail and choice of several entrees. Those in attendance enjoyed reconnecting with those they knew as well as new survivors and SCAD Angel families.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation by Dr. Sharonne Hayes and Dr. Marysia Tweet from Mayo Clinic SCAD Research Program, Rochester, MN. After the formal presentation, Drs. Hayes and Tweet answered questions from the audience as well as those submitted online. Also joining us from Mayo Clinic was Dr. Rekha Mankad, Women’s Heart Clinic Director and Sue Milbrandt, SCAD Study Coordinator.

Thank you Nick Dorazio, a retired media producer who lost his wife to SCAD, for streaming Mayo’s presentation and for editing and posting the presentation to our YouTube channel.

SCADaddle for Research

Our 9th annual chip-timed National/Chicago Area 5K SCADaddle run/walk took place on June 18 at Danada Forest Preserve, Wheaton, IL. The USATF 5K certified course wound through the preserve’s prairie and woodland habitats. An awards ceremony took place afterwards followed by refreshments, lunch, a raffle on a beautiful quilt, vendors and activities for the entire family.

Over 225 registered to participate, in-person and virtually. Over 30 survivors registered and 10 participants walked in memory of loved ones who did not survive. Over $23,000 was raised for research! In addition to camaraderie, everyone enjoyed a beautiful summer day in Illinois.


Thank you to our sponsors:

Summerland Wine Brands Pinkert Family Foundation
Catalina Charitable Foundation Fleet Feet Sports, Chicago
Dugan & Lopatka, CPAs Automotive Internet Media
J Meyer & Associates Mortenson Construction

If you missed our spring/summer SCADaddles, there are others planned this fall. Click additional 5K SCADaddles for details.

Mayo Clinic Presenters