Keeper of the Flame

Our synagogue honored our work this past weekend by giving us the Keeper of the Flame Award. It’s kind of backwards, because without the support from our friends and community, we would not be in a position to be honored. Phyllis delivered our remarks. DARREN AND I ARE VERY HUMBLED...

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The Circus is Coming to Town

Last Friday, I spent one day at two conferences about sudden cardiac arrest and death in the young.  The SADS Foundation (www.sads.org) hosted its Seventh Annual International Conference.  SADS is dedicated to raising awareness about and researching arrhythmias.  The Second Annual Connor Senn Symposium was a CME about causes and...

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Monday Morning Quarterback

Last weekend, the NFL kicked off its season. This unleashed the fury on sports talk radio all over the country – who’s going to win it all, who should be fired, who’s the best ever, and so on. It’s called Monday Morning Quarterbacking – utilizing hindsight to analyze, evaluate and...

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Dead Man Floating

Last week, I flew from Philadelphia to Nashville to Raleigh to Tampa to Philadelphia. I met with lawmakers about the sudden cardiac arrest prevention act. We found lawmakers in Tennessee and North Carolina to sponsor the bill. We’re pretty excited. I heard airline attendants on four separate occasions tell us...

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The Heart of a Tennis Champion

The big sports headline this week came from London when Andy Murray became the first male Brit in 77 years to win Wimbledon (four women won during the same period). If you watched the match, you had to be awed by the strength and endurance of Murray and Djokovic. It...

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The Backsplash Effect – Everywhere

Growing up, I don’t think we had a backsplash in our kitchen. After I left my childhood home, I spent the next  thirteen years in apartments. I don’t think there was a blacksplash in any of them either. Then, we bought a house, and I discovered that we HAD to...

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Sarah, We Need a Medical Awakening

Have you ever come across a scent or a song that transports you to another place and time? Of course, why else would Glee resurrect all the oldies like Don’t Stop Believin‘.  What were you doing when that song first came out? This occurrence works both ways – it is not...

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It Takes a (Student) Village

This post would probably get more hits if it either praised or criticized Hillary’s book, It Takes a Village. Remember how much buzz that book created! However, it’s not. It’s about the success that Simon’s Fund has experienced as a result of tapping into a student village. For years now,...

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New Study Finds 100% Children . . .

Star Jones was the keynote speaker today at the Philadelphia Go Red for Women Luncheon. She had open heart surgery three years ago and is now a national spokesperson. She shared that she used to think that heart disease was an old white guy thing. Sit on that for minute....

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Simon’s Fund Launches New Screening App

This week, two students from Haverford College launched the Simon’s Fund Heart Screening App. This app is designed to (1) improve efficiencies during the screening process; and (2) facilitate the collection of data to be used to develop the first Youth ECG Database.  Let’s think about the impact of this...

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