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Apr 08, 2021

Monmouth County Man Completes 4x4x48 Challenge to Honor Children Who Died of SUDC

Brian Dragotto, of Tinton Falls, took on the retired Navy SEAL David Goggin’s 4x4x48 Challenge last month to raise money for Team Vienna. Through the challenge, Dragotto ran four miles every four hours for 48 straight hours. Each time slot was dedicated to specific children who died of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC), making it extremely personal. 

Dragotto is a long-time Team Vienna supporter and board member. Red Bank-based nonprofit Team Vienna became a 501(c)3 organization in 2019 and was named after Vienna Carly Savino who tragically died at two and a half years of age in 2017. She fell asleep while watching TV in Holmdel and never woke up again. Her death was categorized as SUDC, a relatively unknown in the medical community and general public. As a result, Dr. Denise Wunderler, DO, FAOASM, Vienna’s mother, founded Team Vienna 4 SUDC Awareness Inc. and co-founded The SUDC Coalition.

Dragotto said, “When I heard of this challenge, it reminded me of the incomprehensible challenge that parents who have lost a child to SUDC go through every day.” He mentioned that the only way he was going to do a race like this was if he could run for a charity. “Knowing Dr. Denise for years, she has an unstoppable work ethic, and her nonprofit is going to have a major impact for future families who may suffer through such a tragedy.”

Wunderler added, “When Brian told me about this challenge, I thought it was an incredible idea and was all for it 100 percent. Many SUDC families have been deeply touched by his amazing gesture to increase awareness of SUDC and to honor our kids.” 

Before he ran 48 miles in 48 hours, the longest distance he ever ran was 12 miles. To help him along, many SUDC families joined live through social media to express their great appreciation for honoring their children. Each time slot was dedicated to specific SUDC kids, who are between 1 and 18 years old. Dozens of people cheered him on, made signs, and ran with him in the cold and wind at Thompson Park in Lincroft that weekend. 

After the last run, Dragotto said, “I attribute completing it to the love and support I had throughout: the donors, supporters, my girlfriend Kaylee, and most critically, the families I was running for.” The final donation to Team Vienna 4 SUDC Awareness exceeded $4,000. Part of those proceeds were donated to The SUDC Coalition.