On Saturday, October 7, 2023, people from all walks of life gathered at the Veterans Memorial Park in South Burlington, VT. It was a day filled with unity, remembrance, and a share commitment to raising awareness about brain aneurysms and supporting research that promises to change lives.
The “Rita Run for Research” marked its third annual event, commemorating a journey that began with Rita Skertich, who faced the challenges of an unruptured brain aneurysm during a time when resources and support were limited. Rita’s experience left an indelible mark on her granddaughter, Elizabeth Ratta, who herself overcame a brain aneurysm. This life-altering moment ignited a passion in Elizabeth to bridge the gap in awareness and research concerning racial and gender disparities in brain aneurysms.
The event, coordinated by Elizabeth Ratta and her dedicated team of family and friends, was hosted in support of The Bee Foundation. As a non-profit organization, The Bee Foundation is committed to preventing brain aneurysms through awareness and groundbreaking research. The Rita Run for Research perfectly encapsulated this mission, bringing people together for a common cause.
Runners and supporters gathered at Veterans Memorial Park, where the race kicked off at 10:00 AM sharp. This event was not just about running; it was about the collective effort to make a difference. Participants ran through the park’s scenic paths, with each step signifying a stride towards a world with more awareness, research, and hope.
An array of participants, from near and far, converged at the park. All registrants received a race tee-shirt and swag, fostering a sense of unity and shared purpose. The power of the event extended far beyond the physical location. Even if you couldn’t attend in person, you could join as a Virtual Runner, transcending geographic boundaries and making a substantial impact.
The 3rd Annual Rita Run for Research was a beautiful representation of strength, unity, and the incredible capacity for change raising almost $6,200. We could not have done it with out
our incredible supporters and sponsors including Darn Tough, Skida and Untapped Maple. Through this event, and many like it, The Bee Foundation and its supporters are making strides in understanding brain aneurysms and ensuring that nobody faces this challenge alone. Each participant played a vital role in this transformative journey, collectively raising awareness and funds, one step at a time.
If you missed this year’s run, don’t worry; opportunities to join the cause and be part of a life-changing movement will continue. Keep an eye out for the next Rita Run for Research, where you can become part of a story that’s changing lives and shaping a brighter future.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the participants, volunteers, and supporters who made this event possible. Your dedication and commitment to raising awareness about brain aneurysms and supporting research are truly inspiring. Together, we’re making a difference—one step at a time. 🐝❤️