Raising Money to Find Answers: Melissa’s Story

Four years ago, Melissa Reichman’s sister, Ashley, was pregnant with twins. Toward the end of her pregnancy, her blood pressure began to climb and she had to be admitted to the hospital. Melissa, who is a doctor, was relieved when her sister told her all was finally under control and she would be discharged.

But then she got another call: One of the twins had no heartbeat. Doctors rushed to perform an emergency C-section, but one of the babies had died.

Four years later, they still don’t know why.

“It was unfathomable. They never figured out exactly what happened,” said Reichman, a radiologist in New York City.

Reichman says with more research, maybe these terrible events will occur less often. That’s why she’s committed herself to running the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon for First Candle, an organization dedicated to reducing preventable stillbirths and other infant-related deaths through greater research and awareness.

Reichman set a fundraising goal of $3,000. She and her sister sent emails to about 30 people each, and her brother-in-law circulated the request to coworkers at his New York law firm. Within three days, they had raised $10,000. Another $5,000 quickly poured in. Reichman hopes she can raise another $5,000 before the November 3 race, bringing her total to roughly $20,000.

While it was her sister’s experience that inspired her to raise money for research, Reichman said it was her father who inspired her to run a marathon, by running his first marathon at the age of 54. She ran her first half marathon with him on his 65th birthday, in 2017. This year, while he won’t be running with her, he’ll be there with the family to cheer his daughter on.

“I have the most supportive family, and they give me the strength to be the best mom, wife, sister, and daughter I can be,” said Reichman.  “I am running this race for them.”

So far Melissa has raised over $15,000. Please help her to reach her goal of $20,000 by donating today.