Health & Wellness

Raider Run to be Held on Sat, Oct. 22nd

Dr. Martha Coleman and her daughter, Kaleigh Credits: Courtesy of Cynthia Pfirrmann

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School (SPFHS) will host a “Raider Run” on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Perry Tyson Field. The event will occur rain or shine.

Register in advance via a check made out to SPFHS DECA that can be dropped off at the SPFHS Main Office. The fee is $15 per person, and each participant will receive a T-shirt. Payment can be made at the door for walk-ins.

The Raider Run will be held in memory of Dr. Martha Coleman, sister of SPFHS science teacher Cynthia Pfirrmann. The Wilcoxson family (maiden name), natives of Fanwood, lost Coleman on May 2nd, 1997. She was eight months pregnant at the time of her death at the age of 31.

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“That tragic day is the day of infamy for me and my family,” Pfirrmann explained.

Coleman attended the University of Texas at Austin after the family moved to Dallas from New Jersey. She died in the same Texas hospital she worked in from Marfan Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder of the connective tissue that affects over 200,000 people annually. It was only discovered she had this disease in the autopsy that took over a year in itself.  The most dangerous potential symptom of Marfan Syndrome is the dissection of the aorta. Coleman experienced an aortic dissection when she collapsed in her hospital office and passed away within an hour of her collapse.

A Caesarean section was performed in an attempt to save her baby, but she unfortunately did not survive. Coleman was survived by her first daughter, who was two and a half years old at the time of her mother’s death, and her husband, Rob.

The money made from the Raider Run will be donated to the National Marfan Foundation. Coffee, baked goods and Raider gear will be sold at the event. SPFHS marketing and business club, DECA, will work in conjunction with Mrs. Pfirrmann to run the event with club advisor Marjorie FitzGibbon.

The Raiders’ Homecoming football game will begin at 2:00 p.m. at home against Rahway. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.

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