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Susan Retik and Patti Quigley

Susan Retik and Patti Quigley

Susan Retik and Patti Quigley were both widowed on 9/11. Quigley’s husband Patrick was killed while traveling on United Flight 175 and Retik’s husband David was killed on American Flight 11. After meeting, the women quickly became friends and began the process of healing together. Both were deeply moved by the outpouring of support received by family, friends and strangers andver time Retik began to feel a kinship to the widows of Afghanistan. Both deeply moved by the outpouring of support received by family and burdened by Afghan widows’ desperate plight, she shared her thoughts with Quigley and in 2003 andthey formed Beyond the 11th, a non-profit organization that empowers widows in Afghanistan who have been afflicted by war, terrorism, and oppression. In 2006, Retik and Quigley travelled to Afghanistan to meet their Afghan counterparts and see firsthand the work of Beyond the 11th. Their inspirational journey was documented in the award-winning film Beyond Belief.

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