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4th Annual Run for Sarah - Cardiomyopathy

Posted by on Apr. 17, 2008 at 9:56 PM
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Dear Supporters:

We would be honored if you, your family, co-workers, students and friends
would join us in the celebration of the 4th Annual Run For Sarah 5K and
1Mile, to be held on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008.  We are very pleased to
announce that this year’s run will again be held at the Birdville Fine
Arts/Athletic Complex in North Richland Hills.

Last year’s event was an enormous success with over 1,500 runners.  It
raised more than $48,000 and we were able to donate 25 automatic external
defibrillators (AEDs) to schools and public places.  Run for Sarah is
committed to building public awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and
the need for automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in all schools and
public places.  The Run supports a mission to protect children from sudden
cardiac arrest by:

Raising public awareness about sudden cardiac arrest
Promoting defibrillation placement and cardiac screenings
Encouraging public policy changes
Sarah’s Story

My daughter Sarah, was a very healthy and happy 12 year-old-girl, who would
have been enjoying 11th grade at Birdville High School this school year.
Sarah was a great daughter and sister, friend and student who loved to laugh
and had dreams of becoming an artist.  She played the trumpet, loved singing
and swimming and played on the Little Miss Kickball league for four years.

On July 14, 2004 Sarah set off to NRH20 Water Park and never returned home.
She was three weeks short of her 13th birthday, with so much to live for.
She collapsed climbing the stairs of a water coaster and was not
resuscitated.  In the dark hours that followed, we were informed of the
cause of her untimely death; Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)—a thickening
of the heart muscle.

About 7,000 children die each year from sudden cardiac arrest. HCM is the
leading cause of sudden death in the young and the leading cause of death in
young athletes, accounting for more than 36% of their deaths in the United
States.  It occurs in about one in 500 people and is more common than cystic
fibrosis and muscular dystrophy.  For some people, sudden death is the first
sign.  Symptoms include palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness,
passing out and chest pains.  The disease is diagnosed with an
echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound scan of the heart. You can help us
change these statistics by partnering with us to reach our goals. Let’s not
lose another Sarah.

Thank you for choosing to help us build heart safe communities through your
support of the 2008 Run For Sarah.  We are running a few weeks behind and
still trying to secure sponsors.  We hope to have our entry forms out in the
next 3 weeks.  Please let us know if you would like entry forms and we will
provide those for you.  Our website will be updated by
the end of this week with the latest information, prices are the same as
last year.  Online registration will be available by February 26. If you
need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Yours very truly,
Laura Friend
4th Annual Run For Sarah


Our Run For Sarah entry forms came in today!  We need your help in getting
these out to your co-workers, family, church and friends.  Please contact me
and we'll arrange a time to get them to you!!

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