Jenn and Rob Shockley

Timing is everything. We met Jenn in 2019. She wasted no time helping us market ideas (her specialty), find sponsors and connect with the youth lacrosse community. We’ve been completely inspired by her enthusiasm and effort. We are lucky that Robb and she have agreed to serve as co-chairs for...

Continue reading

Diana and Ducis Rodgers

A friend set us up with Ducis Rodgers. He came to one of our heart screenings and then quickly began raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and death in student athletes. Then, there was a couple’s dinner, and now we call Diana and Ducis friends. We’re so excited they’re serving...

Continue reading

Testimony – House Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs (Maine)

Chairwoman Kornfield and Chairman Langley thank you for allowing me to testify today before the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee in support of LD 1051 – an Act to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest. My name is Darren Sudman. I am the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Simon’s Fund, an organization dedicated...

Continue reading

Yeah, But You Don’t Save Lives

Funny story. My son died twelve years ago from an undetected heart condition. My husband and I started this foundation to provide free heart screenings for kids. We were thinking that if other parents had the chance to check their kids’ hearts, maybe their kids wouldn’t die from detectable and...

Continue reading

The Heart of Mike Pence

Published previously in Huffington Post It’s official. Governor Mike Pence of Indiana is Trump’s pick for Veep (great show, by the way). Most people are “meeting” him for the first time. I “met” him in March 2014, when he became the fourth Governor to sign the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act...

Continue reading

Mother’s Day – Post Mortem

Published in the Huffington Post Another Mother’s Day is in the books. It is my 44th. For thirty-one years, the day was dedicated to honoring my mother. In my 32nd year, we welcomed Sally, our first child. Whoa did Mother’s Day change! It became so much more special and relevant...

Continue reading

The $600,000 Vacation

Published in the Huffington Post This vacation was out of control. Their room was $5,900 a night. The helicopter ride cost $36,347. They spent more than $1,000 a day on drugs. It was like nothing I’d ever heard of before. Last summer, my friends took their family to Virginia. They...

Continue reading

No Sh#* Sherlock

Published in the Huffington Post No sh*#, Sherlock. How fun is this phrase? C’mon, you’ve used at least once in your life. You know . . . the answer or outcome is so completely obvious that you sit in awe of someone doesn’t know it. I remember it being popular...

Continue reading

Do You Believe in Destiny?

Published in the Huffington Post. Do you believe in destiny or are you one of those “that’s just a coincidence” kind of people? Let’s say you’ve been dying to go to a concert and your friend calls at the last minute to invite you. Destiny or coincidence? What if you...

Continue reading

525,600 Students

Published in the Huffington Post Let’s be honest. If you clicked on this post, you did so because you recognized the number in the title. I borrowed it from Rent. Love that musical, and especially the song: “525,600 minutes — how do you measure, measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets,...

Continue reading