David Di Pietro

After the loss of his wife, Teresa, during the birth of their son, Rocco, Dave was left with many questions. Why? What is AFE? Could this have been predicted or avoided? Could there have been a better outcome? Were there others who had lost their wives to AFE? Instead of celebrating this momentous occasion together, he was left to celebrate alone. Surrounded by an incredible support system, Dave was able to take some time to do some research of his own. What he found was troubling. The statistics were grim and other than general information, Dave’s questions remained unanswered. After connecting with Founder, Miranda Klassen, Dave immediately pledged his support for the AFE Foundation. He has and continues to offer hope and comfort to other families coping with the loss of a loved one from AFE.

Dave along with family and friends founded Runnin for Rocco, to benefit the AFE Foundation. Since 2009, Runnin 4 Rocco has raised over $50,000 to support research and education of AFE. 



Dave works as a Sr. Recruiter for Leidos where he has worked for 10 years. Dave enjoys spending time with Rocco and in his spare time Dave plays guitar and sings, and cheering on his alma matter- Penn State.