The community really turned out to support the Gutierrez family for this event. Local businesses sold products and food, offered wellness checks and flu shots, and sponsored fun activities for kids. The Blood Alliance was there accepting blood donations, and the fire department was on hand with fire engines, including a pink engine supporting breast cancer awareness and signed by hundreds of people. A local helicopter emergency service got a lot of attention when it flew in and landed nearby for people to view. There was an honor guard, a children’s choir, a live band, and a luminary ceremony. A silent auction was also held. All proceeds benefited the Sofia Alejandra Gutierrez Brain Aneurysm Research Fund at the John Ritter Research Program at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston.
Thank you, Monica and Omar Gutierrez, for planning and organizing this event, for your support of the research being done on intracranial aneurysms at the John Ritter Research Program, and for your tireless commitment to increasing public awareness that some individuals may be predisposed to these aneurysms based on their family history.