Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Patient-Funded Research: First Annual SCAD Walk

In case the new big widget on the right side of the page wasn't a hint, just about one month from today, I'm participating in the First Annual Walk for SCAD Research, in Naperville, IL.

As my longtime readers know, Mayo Clinic has started research on spontaneous coronary artery dissections, and those of us who've had and survived a SCAD are motivated to help them keep that research going.

One brave family, the Alicos, has started a foundation, SCAD Research, Inc., in the wake of their loved one's death from a SCAD a little over a year ago. The SCAD Walk is their brainchild, and I'm happy to support it.

They've put together some info on some approximate research costs, so I've set my personal fundraising goal at $500, which is the average cost for the staff time for a detailed review and data abstraction of one SCAD patient's medical records.

Another SCAD survivor, Teri, designed this logo for us:

So that's what I'll be doing the first weekend in May. Lovely time for a walk.