Fundraiser planned for woman whose leg was amputated

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

June 13, 2014 at 1:13 a.m.
Updated June 15, 2014 at 1:15 a.m.



A 5K fun run and walk is planned for a running enthusiast who is no longer able to run - for now.

Friends and co-workers are trying to defray medical, travel and legal costs for Susan Dorsett, an emergency room nurse at DeTar Healthcare System whose leg was amputated after she was hit by a car in February.

"We always call each other a DeTar family, so any time one of the DeTar employees is in need, we do our best to help one another out," said Philip Garza, director of DeTar Health Center.

Garza and Renee Noonan planned the event.

Noonan and Dorsett met through a running club a few years ago. They ran in several 5Ks and 10Ks together.

"She's always been there to help other people," Noonan said of her friend, "Now, it's our turn to help her."

The Light Up the Night for Susie 5K fun run and walk is from 7 to 10 p.m. June 28 at the children's playground off Vine Street in Riverside Park.

Anyone interested can register in advance for $20 by filling out a form at DeTar Health Center, 4204 N. Laurent St., or by signing up on

The first 100 participants will be guaranteed a T-shirt.

Participants are encouraged to dress in costumes and pile on glow-in-the-dark accessories. The run is not timed.

"It's just about being crazy and having fun. That's why I capitalized fun in fundraiser on the website," Noonan said.

Dorsett was injured in February. A former VISD elementary school teacher, Amy Madigan, was arrested on suspicion of running over Dorsett with a car.

Madigan resigned from teaching kindergarten and now faces two felony charges.

Dorsett's leg was amputated about mid-shin. She's seeing a physical therapist and on her way to getting a prosthetic.

"She's been able to joke about it. I really admire her strength," Noonan said.

Her family's bills are mounting up, Noonan said, and "they're going to need all the help they can get."

Garza added: "Hopefully, one day Susan will be able to participate in a 5K as well. I think that's one of her goals - to get back out there with whatever she is equipped with."



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