Ann’s sister Mary Ehrlinger passed away in 2009, at the age of 38 while training for the Madison Ironman, in Madison Wisconsin. Mary loved running and the Madison Half-Marathon was her favorite event which often fell on the same weekend as her birthday.
In her honor every year since, Ann, their family and friends, would man the water station at the Madison Half-Marathon and donate the money they raised to the Myocarditis Foundation in honor/memory of Mary. Unfortunately, this year the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Ann decided that they could still come together and celebrate Mary’s memory. So, on Thursday, May 21st, while maintaining “Safer at Home Protocols”, they decided to do a “Virtual Happy Hour” where they all got together on a Zoom Call to spend time together memorializing Mary.
Everyone brought their own beverages and snacks and shared time together. Ann invited Genevieve, the Executive Director of the Myocarditis Foundation, to join them and speak about the important work that the Myocarditis Foundation is doing. Information was also shared about making donations via the Foundation website, so that the attendees could make individual gifts if they so choose to do so.
Not only did this raise awareness about Myocarditis and the work that the Myocarditis Foundation is doing, it raised much needed donations for the Foundation. These donations help the Foundation to continue its truly important work in carrying out their mission of raising awareness, funding research, and emotional support for those affected by Myocarditis.
Thank you, Ann, family and friends, for doing this to support the Myocarditis Foundation in memory of Mary!