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Good Samaritan Hospital to Benefit from “November to Remember Joe” Fundraiser

November 4, 2015

Sixteen years ago, on November 29, Laurie Fuchs lost her 31-year-old husband, Joe to a sudden heart attack.

Since the loss of her husband, Ms. Fuchs has turned to running to give her strength and time to reflect. In memory of the anniversary of her husband’s death, Laurie will run every day for a month to raise money for Good Samaritan’s Theresa Patnode Santmann Division of Cardiovascular Services.

Ms. Fuchs has many connections to the hospital. Both her children were born at Good Samaritan and her father was a recent open heart surgery patient. She is grateful for the care her family has received. 

The number three has always been a significant number for her and for her husband while he was alive. In addition to her son, Nick, being three years old and her daughter, Gabrielle, being three months old when her husband passed, they were married on March 3 at 3:00 pm. Taking this as a sign, she has chosen to run 3.33 miles every day through November and finish on November 29 running 16 miles. Ms. Fuchs will share her cause and progress with friends and family via email and Facebook® so they can support her in this special fundraiser. 

Care provided by the Theresa Patnode Santmann Division of Cardiovascular Services includes a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic cardiac procedures, such as angioplasty, pacemaker and ICD implantation, electrophysiology studies and ablations, echocardiography and EKG testing, and cardiac catheterizations. In addition, the St. Francis Open Heart Surgery Program at Good Samaritan Hospital provides residents of Suffolk County with nationally recognized award-winning care.

For more information on the “November to Remember Joe” Fundraiser or cardiology services at Good Samaritan, call (631) 376-4444.


Colleen Valdini
Manager, Public and External Affairs
(631) 376-4483