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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

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Patrick Dunne has a Big Heart

Liam Bischoff
Managing Editor

Senior Patrick Dunne happens to be one in 500 as someone who lives with Hy pertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a complex cardiac disease responsible for 48% of heart attacks in athletes under the age of 35 and marked by thickening of the heart. Patrick spoke about his challenges at Stanford Univer- sity on September 21,2013.

Diagnosed with mild HCM when he was in the fifth grade, Patrick didn’t quit high-inten- sity sports until the start of seventh grade when to continue he would need an implantable AED that shocks the heart back into a normal rhythm. Patrick explained, “After learning about my di- agnosis in fifth grade, it was scary, but it didn’t really kick in until the doctor wouldn’t allow me to compete athletically, anymore. I found myself on the sidelines, rather than on the court.” After adapting to the condition in mid- dle school, Patrick added, “I finally realized that life involves much more than sports and, luckily, I found an outlet with SI’s numerous clubs.”  Patrick started actively raising awareness for his disease at SI’s HCM Awareness Week last year. Then in June of 2012, he spoke at the HCM Association’s Annual Meeting, where he shared a patient’s perspective.

Dr. Heidi Salisbury, a HCM Association member and physician at Stanford, approached Patrick afterwards with nothing but praise. When summer rolled around again in 2013, Dr. Salisbury invited Patrick to attend Stanford’s first “In Our Genes” conference to discuss his recent initiatives to increase awareness of HCM in high schools. “After learning that I’d be the sole student speaker among about twenty doc- tors and foundation owners, I felt a bit nervous, but knowing that I could simply share my story rather than pose as a Medical PHD eased those fears,” Patrick commented.

Patrick spoke to the conference attendees for a full thirty-five minute slot and reported that “the crowd was extremely supportive and the Founder of the National HCM Association was actually brought to tears with my presenta- tion.” Patrick’s disease only allows him to play golf, but he is also a captain of Speech and De- bate and Editor-in-Chief of the Newspaper. If you see him in the hallways and want to hear more of his incredible story, he will accept the opportunity with a happy heart.

Posted by on Wednesday October, 23, 2013

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