Reunions Help Us Heal
Each year in conjunction with our SCADaddle for Research 5Ks, survivors from around the world take the opportunity to come together to celebrate their second chance at life. In fact, small to large groups of survivors get together at any given time throughout the year.
As survivors travel for business or pleasure, they seek an opportunity to meet another survivor – even if it’s just for a cup of coffee at the airport. Those small moments with someone who truly understands what they are going through are worth gold.
In addition to raising funds for SCAD Research and raising SCAD awareness in Australia, Australian survivors kept up the SCADaddle tradition of having SCAD Survivor reunions at each of the SCADaddle locations – Sydney, Melbourne, Noosa and Hobart. With several survivors walking in each State, it was a great opportunity to catch up via lunch, picnics & great conversations following each 5km on 3rd, April.
The 2016 National SCAD Survivor Reunion was held April 29-30 in Naperville, IL.
An informal social was held on Friday at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. Besides meeting other survivors and their supporters, those attending had an opportunity to informally meet Mayo Clinic researchers and staff. Bob Alico, founder and president of SCAD Research, Inc., also joined in the festivities.
A Survivor Reunion Dinner was organized on Saturday evening for SCAD survivors and their immediate supporters at Granite City Food & Brewery Restaurant. During dinner, survivors shared something positive about the weekend.
New Jersey Reunion
An informal get together was planned for SCAD Survivors and their supporters on Friday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn lobby in Lakewood, NJ.
After the 5K SCADaddle for Research on April 30, survivors and supporters gathered to listen to Mayo Clinic presentation on their latest research findings at the National 5K in IL. You can watch the presentation on our YouTube channel.
A survivor reunion dinner was organized on Saturday for survivors and their significant supporters at The Serenity Café, Toms River, NJ.
An informal get together was planned for SCAD Survivors and their supporters on Friday evening September 9 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Carlsbad, CA. They also had an opportunity to meet Sharonne Hayes MD and Jeanne Theis PhD from Mayo Clinic SCAD Research Program and Bob Alico, founder/president of SCAD Research, Inc.
After the 5K SCADaddle for Research on September 10, survivors and supporters gathered to hear Sharonne Hayes MD and Jeanne Theis PhD from Mayo Clinic SCAD Research Program present their latest research findings and answer questions. You can watch the presentation on our YouTube channel.
A survivor reunion dinner was organized on Saturday for survivors and their significant supporters at Karl Strauss Brewing Company in Carlsbad. During the dinner, survivors were asked to share something positive about their SCAD experience.
An informal get together was planned for SCAD Survivors and their supporters on Friday evening September 16 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Bethlehem, PA.
Our first Gratitude Gala cocktail reception took place Saturday evening at the Blue Events Center, Bethlehem, PA. The cocktail reception fundraiser featured medium hors d’oeuvres including a “sliders bar” and “mashed potato bar” along with assorted passed plates. There was a cash bar with fun and festive drink options. Both individual and corporate table tickets were available for the Gala.
A slideshow presentation was created to recognize the survivors in attendance. The presentation included their brief story as well as what SCAD taught them. A memorial presentation for a young mother who did not survive SCAD was shown. While the memorial was a sobering reminder that not everyone who experiences a SCAD survives, it strengthens our resolve to find answers through research.