Testimony for Maryland Ways & Means

Chairwoman Hixson and Committee Members: Thank you for giving me the privilege to testify in support of HB 427: The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act. My name is Darren Sudman. I am a co-founder and the Executive Director of Simon’s Fund. I am also Simon’s dad. I live outside of...

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One Year Later – The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act

Today marks the one year anniversary of the signing of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act (Act 59). This is the only law in the country that protects student athletes from sudden cardiac arrest. It’s really cool to get a law passed, and even cooler to speak at the bill signing,...

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The Bill Signing – Our Remarks

I need to begin by saying thank you to Jennaphr Frederick, Josh Weisman, Brian Kadunc and Representative Mike Vereb.  The universe brought all of us together on April 14, 2011, and as a result, we are here today making a huge difference in the lives students. Representative Vereb, a big...

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Media Coverage – Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act

The following links are stories and reports covering the introduction and passage of the first Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act. PA Law Aims to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young Athletes (FOX News; September 10, 2012) Law Protects Young Athletes from Potential Sudden Cardiac Arrest (WJAC TV 6; August 24,...

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NJ Pushes AED Legislation

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph F. Vitale that would require schools, recreational departments and youth camps to have automated external defibrillators (AED) for youth athletic events was unanimously approved today by the Senate Education Committee. The bill is an attempt to reduce the number of youth athletes who...

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PA Lawmakers Focus on Student Athletes

Kudos to the PA Senate (and previously the PA House) for passing the Safety in Youth Sports Act (SB 200).  They join 30 other states that have passed this type of legislation.  The bill is now waiting to be signed by the Governor. Over the last few years, there has been a...

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Bills to Protect Athletes Head to State Senate

After she was treated for a concussion at a local hospital, an emergency room doctor gave the high school athlete a note saying she could return to her sport after one week. A week later, though, when the school district’s athletic trainer retested her brain to see if it was...

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Vereb Legislation Protects Student Athletes Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Yesterday was another step for Simon’s Fund as we lent our support for Representative Mike Vereb’s legislation – House Bill 1610.  We were also honored to have the support of Scott Sheridan (Phillies Athletic Trainer), Dr. Reginald Ho (Jefferson Hospital) and our own Dr. David Shipon (Heart Center of Philadelphia)....

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Brains, Hearts, Concussions and Cardiac Arrest

Kudos to the State of New Jersey for passing a concussion safety bill.  Governor Christie, accompanied by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Jets owner Woody Johnson and Sen. Richard Codey (D-Essex) signed the bill into law.  Now, student athletes that suffer a concussion on the field must be sidelined until they are...

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Testimony in Harrisburg – HB1803 (AEDs and Screenings)

  We traveled to Harrisburg, PA to testify before the House Subcommitee on Education.  We were there to support this bill that would mandate AED devices in schools and set up a pilot heart screening program.  We submitted written testimony, but were asked to comment too.  My comments are below: Chairman Roebuck,...

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