If I Worked for Simon’s Fund . . .

I would help save thousands of kids from dying because thousands of kids die from cardiac arrests every year. I would also help do heart screenings for kids to see if they have it. And if your kid had cardiac arrest we would be able to help you. Today I...

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Sudden Death is for Hockey, not NCAA Basketball Players

All eyes are set on Atlanta this weekend as it hosts the NCAA Final Four.  For weeks, millions of Americans have been glued to their TVs to see if their team survives into the next round. But for some players and coaches in the NCAA, survival means much more than...

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What a Long, Strange Trip

I’m sitting inside a big hotel in Seattle (it’s really nice). Right this minute, I am surrounded by medical professionals who are learning about sudden cardiac arrest in students. Later, I’ll be surrounded by parents who have lost children to sudden cardiac arrest at the Parent Heart Watch Conference. I’m...

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Trade Secrets

Imagine this . . . Yuengling, America’s oldest brewery in the country (and based outside of Philly) is invited to visit Mike’s Hard Lemonade in Seattle. The purpose of the trip is for Mike’s Hard Lemonade to share all of its trade secrets with Yuengling. Yes, all of the recipes,...

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What’s a Maenner-Chor?

You’d think that after being thrust into a world with terms like commotio cordis and infarction, I’d know Maenner-Chor.  However, it wasn’t until last Sunday that I discovered this term.  It is a social club that was started many decades ago by German immigrants.  It is still thriving with 700...

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How Can You Be Thankful After Your Child Dies?

Hopefully, I’m not the only one that spends this time of year reflecting. We are expected to focus on those things for which we are thankful. Sometimes, I think it is too easy, almost cliche, for us share our expressions of thanks. Our kids get trained in this skill beginning...

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Who Will Apologize on Election Day?

There’s a good chance that this title will scare everyone away. We’re all sick of campaigns. However, this one isn’t political. Today, Simon’s Fund was invited to make a presentation to the employees of Johnson & Johnson during their United Way Campaign kickoff. Adam Kaye, board member and employee at...

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If only . . . then.

I’m not big of the “if only . . . then” game. This can be played in many ways, some more trivial than others. If they had only changed the pitcher in the seventh. If we had only taken the backroads instead of the highway. If we had only gotten...

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A Tale of Three Kiddies

We just added another student to Simon’s Club, the Kids’ Stories section of our website.  It got me thinking . . . . Like many of you, I read A Tale of Two Cities in high school.  I attended Sycamore High School in Cincinnati.  As hard as it is to believe,...

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Science Proves the Need for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act

Earlier this month, a study was published in the Journal of American Board of Family Medicine.  The study finds that 72% of all students that experienced sudden cardiac arrest exhibited symptoms.  This number is much higher than previously thought.  The study also confirms that many of the symptoms are ignored...

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