On September 29, 2009 I unexpectedly lost my husband and my daughter lost her father exactly 1 month after her 3rd birthday. We soon learned that Wayne Sawyer had an undiagnosed genetic heart condition called Long QT Syndrome. We also learned that our daughter, niece and other family members have the condition as well. And ..... we learned that Wayne's death was preventable.
On June 1, 2012, we are holding the 3rd Annual Celebrate Wayne & Conquer SADS (Sudden Arrythmia Death Syndromes) memorial benefit at Smith's Olde Bar in Midtown Atlanta. This event will raise funds for the SADS Foundation by sponsoring our designated climber in the 2012 Climb to Conquer SADS fundraiser at Mt. Ranier. Last year our climber & team captain, Brian Hoots, reached the summit with 2 flags honoring Wayne and shared his story before returning to base camp. This year, our close friend, Mark Prosser, will be joining Brian in the trek up the mountain.
Over the past two years, we have raised over $22,000 that has been employed for critical needs such as:
* Providing Family Support to assist patients and their families in making informed medical decisions and living with the challenges of these conditions
* Increasing General Awareness of Warning Signs to recognize and prevent heart rhythm abnormalities
* Educating Health Care Professionals in early diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm abnormalities
* Serving as Advocates to increase arrhythmia research and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
We look to fuel those vital efforts again this year, in addition to raising greater awareness, and we need YOUR help.
Our event is a celebration of Life and will include live music from Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons, Bloodkin and Col. Bruce Hampton. We will again host an impressive silent auction and raffle. For ticket information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you are able to attend in person or just want to support this very important cause with a donation, we are so very grateful to have your help. Several thousand young people die unnecessarily each year from SADS in the United States, and education is the answer.
Working together we WILL SAVE LIVES.