Dec 17, 2009 -
MANCHESTER, CONNECTICUT - Almost 10 years ago, Sarah Gudernatch, quietly stood by her father's side as a plaque in memory of her mother, Amy, was secured to the wall of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at Rockville General Hospital. Sarah was 16 years old at the time. Flash forward to November 30, 2009. Sarah made a return visit to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department. This time was different. It was her father, Steve Gudernatch, who was at her side, proudly supporting her worthy accomplishment, and Sarah held a check in her hand. She had raised more than $4,000 running in the Philadelphia Marathon in memory of her mother and presented a check to the department in the amount of $4,200.
"I feel really grateful and thankful to the cardiac rehab program at Rockville General Hospital because they gave me extra time with my Mom, and this year I am thankful that I can give them something back," says Ms. Gudernatch. "This whole process has also been really healing, and I've gotten to reconnect with a lot of my Mom's friends and family members, which is probably the biggest thing I'm thankful for this year."
Laura Johnson, R.N., Manager, RGH Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation; Steve Gudernatch; and Amy Gudernatch.