On Saturday, February 9th the Vanness family held the fundraiser “A Night to Remember Brad Vanness”, and again it was an incredible success and a true showing of what a close-knit community is capable of when coming together to honor and remember such a well-loved individual.
Brad Vanness passed away from suddenly from cardiac arrhythmia due to myocarditis on April 18th, 2010 and was just 27 years old. Myocarditis struck this beloved man and left his friends and family at a loss for why this happened to Brad, and wondering what exactly is this horrible disease that takes young healthy people so suddenly and unexpectedly.
Dr. Leslie Cooper and Lindsey Davis, of the Myocarditis Foundation, were honored to attend this unbelievable event and were truly touched by the outpouring of support for the Vanness family and for the Myocarditis Foundation. Dr. Cooper, the Director of the Gonda Vascular Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, is one of the world’s leading experts in myocarditis and spoke to those gathered at The Blue Door. Dr. Cooper expressed his gratitude to the Vanness family and for the community of Kewaunee for their outpouring of support for the Myocarditis Foundation and explained what the diease is and why he became passionately involved with myocarditis. “The Vanness family has become the Myocarditis Foundation’s biggest supporters and while it is tragic we came to know the Vannesses and the town of Kewaunee through Brad’s death, it is an absolute honor to know you all and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your ongoing support”, quoted Lindsey Davis at the Blue Door.
It is with fundraisers like these that they Myocarditis Foundation is able to continue their research endeavors to find ways to better diagnose, treat, and ultimately prevent myocarditis from taking more lives. Many thanks to the Vanness family, their friends, and the Kewaunee community for making myocarditis research possible.