Passing of an RMDSA Friend Todd Martz June 16, 1972 - August 24, 2014
It is with great sadness that I share with you the following message from the Martz family regarding the sudden passing of Todd yesterday morning.
The Martz family is deeply brokenhearted to tell you that our son and brother, Todd Gregory Martz, died Sunday morning shortly after midnight in Swedish Hospital.
Todd was recovering well after Tuesday's nine-hour spinal surgery when on Friday he suffered an unexplained cardiac arrest. His brain was without oxygen for several minutes and he suffered severe and irreversible brain damage. When he died peacefully in ICU very early Sunday morning, he was surrounded by his parents, his sister Meredith and brother-in-law Greg, and his close and dear friends Jan and Richard Davidson.
We will hold a memorial service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9203 South University Blvd. on Thursday afternoon, August 28, at 2:00 pm; there will also be an opportunity for a viewing at Horan McConaty Mortuary, 5303 County Line Road, Centennial CO, from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 27.
Todd's life has had a profound and inspiring effect on so many people across the country, and we feel incredibly blessed to have had him for these 42 years.
~ Harvey, Judy, Meredith and Greg
The Martz Family has loved and cared for the people of St. Andrew for nearly two decades, and I encourage you to extend that same love and care to them in this season of deep loss and grief.
For those who wish to make a memorial gift, the family requests (in lieu of flowers) that you direct your gifts to any of the following charities:
National Down Syndrome Congress Foundation
30 Mansell Ct., Suite 108
Roswell, GA 30076 www.ndsccenter.org
Kappa Sigma Fraternity
(notation) The Todd G. Martz Scholarship-Leadership Award Fund
1610 Scottsville Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22902 www.kappasigma.org
St. Andrew United Methodist Church
(notation) Compassion Fund
9203 S. University Blvd.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80926 www.st-andrew-umc.com
The preferred way to be in touch with the Martz family at this time is by email or personal notes and cards. They will be present at the viewing on Wednesday, and there will be opportunity to visit with them at the reception following the service Thursday afternoon.
May God's grace and peace be with the Martz Family, and with you,
Rev. Mark Feldmeir
St. Andrew United Methodist Church
Mark your calendars for September 28th at 9 AM in City Park
NEW PARKING PLAN FOR 2014!
This year we have several options for parking at City Park. The Museum of Nature and Science will have handicap parking available. You must have a placard and one car per family will be allowed to park at the museum. There is on street parking available in the neighborhood and limited parking at the zoo.
New this year, is free parking at East High with shuttle service to the park. We highly recommend this option. A drop off point in the park allows the driver to unload everyone and then park free at East High. Shuttles will be running from 7:30 – 12:30. East High is located at 1600 City Park Esplanade.
Would you like to participate in the We've Got Talent portion of the walk? Call Mary Ann at 303-797-1699.
RMDSA - In the news
The American Academy of Pediatrics announces updated guidelines for pediatricians treating patients with Down syndrome
Parents, have you been looking for information to share with your pediatrician regarding the medical care of your child? Have you "heard" about a certain test or procedure that you think your child might benefit from and are having a difficult time convincing your pediatrician of the value of such a test/procedure? Do you have difficulty communicating with your doctor about certain medical topics related to your child? Take a look at the AAP Guidelines [pdf] for information that might be helpful to you and your pediatrician. Do NOT ASSUME that your pediatrician has reviewed this, remember; your child is one of many patients they see, help educate them about updated information and resources.
Be Beautiful Be Yourself Dance Program August 25-December 15 <More Info
Global Down Syndrome Foundation and the Denver Film Society are pleased to invite you to a special screening of "Menschen," a short 30 minute film, directed by Colorado's own Sarah Lotfi. The film stars a staunch Global supporter and self-advocate and actor Connor Long.
Join us for dinner and a movie and afterward a special Q&A with Actor Connor Long, Director Sarah Lotfi, and Producer Anastasia Cumming.
"MENSCHEN" is the German word for "human beings". The film challenges prejudice behind stereotypes like "enemy", "disabled", or even "hero".
• 6:00pm - 7:15pm - Reception with Dinner Buffet, Heavy Hors D'oeuvres and Drinks
• 7:15pm - Film with Global Down Syndrome Foundation Introduction
• 8:00pm - Q&A with Director Sarah Lotfi, Producer Anastasia Cumming, and Actor Connor Long
$20 per ticket
May 1945, as the Allies close in, an Austrian captain guides his remnant company behind the Russian lines to surrender to the Americans, taking under their wing a boy with a developmental disability. As the loyalty of his men is brought to the test, a dark secret from the captain's past comes to light.
War is never black and white; there are many perspectives that bring out real color in an adaption. Most people do not put disability and WWII in the same sentence, yet the historical link between them sets the stage for Menschen. I used "Menschen", the German word for people to convey the dichotomy of what it means to be human regardless of race or disability.
Along the lines of the "Chicken Soup" stories, RMDSA would like to inspire the world with our own heartwarming stories and words of wisdom. LEARN MORE>
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