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We are excited to announce that after a year off, the Femmes Natales Runabout will return this year. In keeping with tradition, the 42nd Annual Femmes Natales Runabout will take place on Sunday, September 26th, 2021.
We will have one extremely deserving recipient! Thea Marie Rodrigue is the 2021 Runabout recipient. Thea is the daughter of Courtney and Sammie Rodrigue.
This year’s recipient is Thea Marie Rodrigue. Thea has been diagnosed with Total Intestinal Hirschsprung's disease. She will have this disease for the duration of her life. Nonetheless, Thea is a happy go lucky, super active two year old to first time parents Courtney and Sammie. She has overcome many obstacles in her short two years of life, including multiple surgeries and hospital stays. Hirschsprung's affects the development of nerve cells in the gastrointestinal tract while a baby is in utero. Thea has the most severe form of absence of the nerves that are vital to the passing of stool. All of her small and large intestines, except for about a few inches of her small, have nerve cells that are needed to sustain life. At this point in time Thea is dependent upon IV nutrition which runs through a central line in her chest. She and her family travel often to Nebraska for a special intestinal rehab program there in hopes to adapt what intestines she has remaining, and to get her off the IV nutrition. IV nutrition eventually can cause stress on her organs, potentially leading to a triple organ transplant in her future. Thea’s family is hoping to extend the time in her life without needing transplant by closely monitoring her with teams in Louisiana and Nebraska, but things remain uncertain.
Please join Femmes Natales in supporting Thea. Food, drinks, and music will be provided. Come enjoy the festivities even if you are not racing—it’ll be fun for the whole family! Your contribution to this cause is sincerely appreciated!
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