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2023 National (IL) 5k SCADaddle©

Saturday, June 17, 2023

2023 National Event

Our 10th National chip-timed run/walk on June 17, 2023 at Danada Forest Preserve, Wheaton, IL was a great success, raising thousands of dollars for research!

Participants enjoyed a warm up conducted by Jazzercise Glen Ellyn Fitness Center. Carrie Hamilton shared her amazing survivor story.

Prior to the start of the 5K, participants lined up along both sides of the trail and recognized survivors as they processed together towards the start line.

All runners/walkers were timed. Gift certificates were awarded to Nathan Brinkoetter, overall 1st place male finisher and Meg Zaino, overall 1st place female finisher. Overall 2nd and 3rd place male/female finishers and top three finishers by age categories received a special heart-shaped cookie. Medals were given to all participants.

Following the 5K, participants browsed items from our SCAD store, enjoyed refreshments and face painting.

To help celebrate our 10th National SCADaddles, a complimentary Chicago-style hot dog lunch was served.

SCAD Reunion & Mayo Clinic SCAD Presentation

Survivors at National Dinner

News and energy were in the air on June 16, 2023 at our 10th annual National SCAD Social/Reunion Dinner. SCAD Research, Inc (SRI) started off with a number of important announcements and recognitions. Mayo Clinic’s Presentation followed with exciting research news and future endeavors.

The entire SRI and Mayo Presentation was streamed on Facebook, recorded and posted on our YouTube channel.

00:00:00 Mayo Clinic Magazine Feature
00:02:20 Meet the New Board Members
00:12:33 Thanks to our Outgoing Board Members
00:20:19 The Latest Research from Mayo Clinic
01:28:09 Question and Answer period

Click Mayo Presentation to go directly to Drs. Hayes & Tweet’s presentation.

SCAD Research Inc Update

Past and Present Board

Bob Alico, founder and past president, shared a framed keepsake of our story, published in February’s Mayo Clinic’s Magazine. Our new board members were introduced. Bob then welcomed Ellen Robin, SRI’s new President. She talked about the new board members and her vision for SRI.

Ellen also recognized the retiring board members Pete Zich and Dave McGarry, who have served for at least 10 years along with Bob Alico and Jan Saillard. Bob and Jan will remain on the board for the foreseeable future to help enable a smooth transition. Carol Zich was also recognized. Carol, among her other roles, served as our 5K Coordinator for many years and managed our online SCAD Store.

Mayo Clinic SCAD Research Presentation

Dr. Tweet and Dr. Hayes

After SRI’s updates, Dr. Sharonne Hayes and Dr. Marysia Tweet presented Mayo Clinic’s latest research findings. They talked about what is currently known about SCAD; Mayo’s collaborative efforts with other SCAD research institutions AND shared exciting news about an NIH grant and future endeavors. Click here to jump to Mayo Clinic presentation portion of the recording.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who have participated in Mayo Clinic’s research as well as those who have raised money to advance research. As you’ll hear in Mayo’s presentation, your participation in their study and everyone’s fundraising efforts are paying off!

We appreciate Nick D’Orazio for sharing his expertise and streaming the National presentation again this year. Nick lost his wife Mary to SCAD several years ago.


Thank you to this year’s sponsors especially:

$10,000 Plus
Nationwide Sponsor

Pinkert Family Foundation
anonymous family foundation

$500 Plus
Partner Sponsor

Dugan & Lopatka, CPAs

Warrenville, IL

*We would also like to recognize the following businesses who have been our sponsors since our first 5K in 2012:

  • Automotive Internet Media, LaGrange, IL

  • J Meyer and Associates, Naperville, IL


SCAD Research, Inc. is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. We truly appreciate Ellen Robin for her hard work making this year’s SCAD Reunion and 5K SCADaddle© successful!

We are grateful to all of the volunteers who helped along the way including the many teen volunteers from Benet Academy High School and various adults from the community.

SCAD Research Inc.: WE Make Research Happen Now©