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2020 Virtual SCADaddle & Mayo SCAD@Home©

2020 Virtual SCADaddle &Mayo SCAD@Home
October 16-17, 2020
2020 Virtual SCADaddle Mayo SCAD
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The COVID-19 pandemic presented many challenges in 2020. In January, we began promoting six in-person 5K SCADaddles. By late March as the pandemic grew, it became apparent that the spring/summer SCADaddles would need to be rescheduled until Fall. By late summer we realized that all in-person SCADaddles would need to be postponed until 2021.

Determined to organize a SCADaddle virtually to replicate our in-person SCADaddles, a team of volunteers went to work to plan and implement our first Virtual SCADaddle & Mayo SCAD@Home on October 16-17, 2020.

SCAD Reunions – Virtual Style

Since an important part of SCADaddle weekends is meeting other survivors, their supporters and families of SCAD Angels, two socials were planned on Zoom:

  • Friday Reunion was hosted by SCADaddle 5K chairs – after gathering as a whole, participants broke into groups by region. They had the option to visit other geographic “locations” via Zoom rooms. There was plenty of opportunity to meet new survivors and SCAD Angel families while also catching up with old friends.
  • Saturday Nightcap included a demonstration on how to make our Signature SCAD Cocktail by survivor Jim Farrell. Afterwards, participants broke into smaller groups including a group for SCAD Angels families.

Thank you to survivor Amanda Frisbee who coordinated and hosted our Virtual Social Events.

SCADaddle – Virtual Style

Our Virtual SCADaddle took place on Saturday morning. Twelve SCAD survivors shared their stories on Facebook Live for SCADaddle participants to listen to as they ran, walked, biked, skipped, jumped or relaxed at home.

A special thank you to the survivors who shared their stories and to Nick D’Orazio for his interviewing and Facebook Streaming skills.

Mayo Clinic SCAD Presentation

Also on Saturday, we were honored to have Drs. Hayes, Gulati, Tweet and Best share on Facebook Live their latest research.

Dr. Hayes began by recognizing SCAD Research, Inc’s milestone of donating a total of $1 million to their groundbreaking research program since we started in 2011! We are now a Principal Benefactor for our lifetime giving of one million dollars! Thank you to everyone who have donated and raised funds for research.

Click here to watch their presentation and answers to the questions submitted through our Facebook page. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn how the funds we donate to Mayo Clinic are used.

Mayo Clinic SCAD Research Program started in 2010 and was the first research focused on SCAD. They share their findings throughout the medical community through numerous publications and also present at medical conferences.

Thank You


Sponsors play a key role in helping to raise funds for research. We would like to especially thank the following sponsors:

$10,000+ Nationwide Sponsors

Pinkert Family Foundation
anonymous family foundation

$5,000+ Nationwide Sponsor

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Detroit, Michigan

$2,500+ Supporting Sponsor

St. Petersburg, FL

$1000+ Patron Sponsors

jefferson street pub

Harrison Township, MI

lehigh valley health network

Allentown, PA

Denenholz Family

$500+ Partner Sponsors

Alliance Health Professionals
Clinton Township, MI
Ascension Macomb-Oakland
Hospital-Warren Campus
Warren, MI
Back On Track
Clinton Township, MI
Binson’s Medical Equipment
& Supplies
Center Line, MI
Eastlake Cardiovascular PC
St. Clair Shores, MI
Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
Clinton Township, MI
Medstar Ambulance
Clinton Township, MI
Pine Ridge of Hayes
Sterling Heights, MI
Schram Family Charity Trust
Troy, MI

Click Virtual SCADaddle Sponsors for a complete list of our Financial Sponsors.

Additional Business Supporters

We appreciate the following businesses who shared their expertise and helped to make our virtual event possible:

  • Castello Creative for designing our Virtual SCADaddle logo
  • Wild Wallets for creating and shipping our Virtual t-shirts


It took many, many volunteer hands to organize and implement a successful Virtual SCADaddle weekend.

Technical Support

We could not have accomplished the depth and breadth of the Virtual SCADaddle weekend without the help of two key people, who volunteered their technical expertise:
• Amanda Frisbee, a SCAD survivor
• Nick D’Orazio, who lost his wife to SCAD

Planning and Implementation

Thank you to so many others for their flexibility and commitment to make the weekend possible, including:

  • Carol Zich, 5K Coordinator
  • Jan Saillard, Board Member
    • Carol and Jan spent countless hours working together on all facets of the weekend
  • Ellen Robin, West Coast SCADaddle Chair, who helped to coordinate the t-shirts.
  • Jill McComsey, Board member and Lehigh Valley SCADaddle Chair, who worked on many aspects of the weekend
  • Karen Glugla, Michigan SCADaddle Chair, who secured many sponsors and several quilts
  • Social hosts/moderators including Kelley Hoolihan, Minnesota SCADaddle Chair, Sarah Trulley & Sonia Perez-Morales, National Co-Chairs, LeeAnn Freeze, North Carolina Chair and Susan Edelman, SCAD Angels FB page administrator
  • Sam Halbers of Wild Wallets for printing and shipping the t-shirts
  • Dan Castillo of Castillo Creative for designing our wonderful Virtual SCADaddle logo
  • Jim Farrell, SCAD survivor, for preparing the SCAD signature cocktail

We apologize if we missed anyone.

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