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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday's Tribute: Simon's Fund's Phyllis Sudman, Honored as a L' Oreal Woman of Worth

Thought for the Day: I've extended the survey for one more week and added it at the end of this post. I hope you will complete it if you have not yet done so. Thanks.
     Yesterday I heard from Darren Sudman about an honor bestowed on his wife Phyllis and Simon's Fund, one of the non-profit organizations featured in my book. I decided to share his letter with you. I hope you will help the which they founded in memory of their son, Simon. They have tirelessly spent the years turning their personal tragedy into a life saver for other families by saving lives one heart at a time.

Here's Darren's email and the video that is on L' Oreal's Site:

It's not every day that I get to share incredible news. Today, L'Oreal Paris announced that Phyllis Sudman, my wife, is a Woman of Worth.  I am so proud of her.

Every year, L'Oreal Paris selects 10 women from around the country as their Women of Worth Honorees.  Over 4,300 women were considered.  Phyllis was chosen.  As a finalist, Phyllis will attend a star-studded gala in New York and receive an award.  L'Oreal Paris will promote her and the work that she has done with Simon's Fund.  Simon's Fund will receive a check for $10,000.

It's been about ten years since Simon died. Phyllis has inspired me every day since. She has managed her own heart condition (discovered after Simon's death), while creating an organization to prevent other families from losing their own child to sudden cardiac arrest. I know that she is uncomfortable by the attention, but happy that this issue is getting national attention.

You can see her story, as told by L'Oreal, here.

L'Oreal wants to make this really interesting.  They are going to donate an additional $25,000 to the honoree (for her charity) that gets the most votes between November 3 - 21.  

Can you spare a few minutes of your time over the next three weeks to help me honor Phyllis and her lifesaving work?

Would you consider any of the following
  • vote every 24 hours for Phyllis at
  • post a link to Phyllis' story on your facebook page
  • post a link to Phyllis' story on your Twitter page (use hashtag #womanofworth)
  • find friends and/or companies to do an email blast
  • use a thumbnail images for your social media profile pic (attached)
This link will take you directly to her page:

I know I am asking a lot. These voting things can be really annoying, especially when they last 19 days.  However, this is a huge honor and I want the world to know how special Phyllis is for what she has overcome, and what's she's accomplished.  

Thanks for considering my request.  Thanks for allowing me to invade your inbox on a Monday.  Thanks for supporting Simon's Fund over these past nine years.


Darren Sudman
Executive Director, Co-Founder & Simon's Dad

Recognized by TODAY ShowCNNNPRPeoplePhiladelphia Inquirer and USA Today.

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      Before you leave to support Phyllis and Simon's Fund, please take a moment to complete this brief confidential survey on SurveyMonkey to address another important issue: Violence and Children. Even if you post your e-mail, it will not be connected to your specific responses. I will not share e-mails either. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas. I will collect responses for another week till November 11, 2014 and begin sharing results about a week later. Thanks in advance for your help.

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