Elizabeth was a bright student with a wonderful future. She excelled in whatever she set out to do. Her love for people, athletics and the arts were among her greatest attributes. She attended West Islip Schools, graduated Harvard University with honors and was in her final year at NYU Law School when, in September of 1998 her life suddenly came to an end. Elizabeth died from a disease know as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).
HCM, a disorder which rarely detected early, is the most common cause of disease-related sudden death among America’s youth. It is a primary and usually familial cardiac disorder in which the heart wall primarily on the left side becomes thickened and disrupts the flow of blood to the aorta. HCM is genetic which means it can arise when defective genes are present.
The Elizabeth T. McNamee Memorial Fund was established to raise funds for the awareness and education to our public and healthcare professionals and to provide support services to those affected by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and their families. With the technology of today we are proud to be a part of getting this information to many families in need. This fund has also supported scholarship programs, community projects, (Pediatric Defibrillator pads donated to the West Islip School District), childhood disease foundations ex: Juvenile Diabetes and pediatric care facilities ex: Children’s Hospital, Give Kids the World, The Morgan Center. We have also supported organizations such as Leukemia & Lymphoma, Babylon Breast Cancer, West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition & Breast Cancer Help, We are proud of the work we have done to support these worthwhile causes.
Very truly yours,
Maria A. McNamee