Jefferson University Hospitals

Horsham Teen Raises Money Toward Research Of Dad's Rare Neurological Condition, Presents Check To Jefferson

01/13/12

Horsham teen Alexa Stutz recently presented Pascal Jabbour, M.D., neurosurgeon at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, with a check to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for $3,684. Alexa held multiple fundraisers from late November to mid-December 2011 to raise research money for neuroscience after her father, Vincent Stutz, was treated at Jefferson for a stroke and ruptured aneurysm. Further testing showed that Vincent has Moyamoya disease – a rare, progressive cerebrovascular disorder caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain.

Alexa had an added benefit to raising money for research.

"The fundraisers became part of my senior graduation project. I realized this all was directly related to my own life experiences. Through raffles, entry fees to events, and donations – including a football autographed by Philadelphia Eagles' DeSean Jackson – as well as a lot of community and family support, I am hopeful that others needing a neurological cure can benefit from my efforts in honor of my dad."

Alexa adds that this has been a life-changing experience.

"It means a lot to me to make a difference in the lives of others. I am especially thankful to Dr. Jabbour. He performed my dad's surgery and has been involved with overseeing his care and recovery. Dr. Jabbour has made a very positive impact on me – his kindness and appreciation have made this experience rewarding and unforgettable. I have a new perspective on fundraising and trying to help others in that way."

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Jennifer McGowan Smith
Jefferson University Hospitals
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