Running for Rick
Thank you for Running for Rick! formed in Memory of Rick Samaha (January 28, 1961-August 26, 2008)
Rick Samaha died of glioblastoma multiforme at the age of 47.
Rick lived life to its fullest, throwing himself wholeheartedly into everything he did. As Chief of Cardiology at the Philadelphia VA and an Associate Professor at University of Pennsylvania, he fought tirelessly to reform cardiac care for veterans at the Philadelphia VA. His research on obesity and metabolic risk factors and their effects on cardiovascular disease promised great contributions to medical knowledge. He mentored scores of medical students and residents, cardiology fellows, and researchers, helping to start and promote many careers. Outside of work, he shared his passions of sports, music, reading, good food, and the Phillies with his family. His magnanimity and kindness benefited everyone around him, and his sense of humor kept us all in stitches! During the course of his illness, Rick knew full well the dismal prognosis of GBM, but even then he never gave up. Even after his diagnosis in December 2006, he doggedly continued his intellectual mission of mentorship, research, and patient care, at the same time aggressively rehabilitating himself physically. Rick's attitude toward his illness did not waver from his characteristic attitude toward any challenge that came his way: never give up, no matter what the odds.
This is our tenth year participating in the Race for Hope. We hope that you will join us in making this our best year ever in helping to improve the lives of patients and caregivers who are affected by this devastating disease. As Rick was an avid runner, having run several marathons and triathlons, we feel that the Race is a fitting way to promote the cause. On the ninth anniversary of his death, we miss him dearly, but we continue to draw inspiration from his determination and fighting spirit.
Never give up the fight!
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