Local Student Teams Up with Simon’s Fund to Champion Free Heart Screenings to Prevent Student Athlete Deaths at Radnor School District

Simon’s Fund Continues Mission to Help Save Children’s Lives Through Free Heart Screenings in Memory of Three-Month-Old Son

RADNOR, PA – August, 2011 – On Saturday, September 17, Simon’s Fund will host a free heart screening for Radnor School District students, ages 10 – 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Radnor High School.  Conducted by the medical team from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) led by Dr. Victoria Vetter, each student will receive an ECG exam, a physical exam, and if necessary, an echocardiogram.  Simon’s Fund’s Radnor screening is being held with the support of Simon Prushan, a Radnor Middle School student who selected Simon’s Fund as his bar mitzvah project.   “When I learned that Simon’s Fund screen’s kid’s hearts to help prevent deaths, I thought it was important,” says Simon Prushan.  “I thought that if I did this I could make a difference in the community by saving one or two peoples lives.”

Every year thousands of children, like local student Akhir Frazier, die too soon from sudden cardiac arrest. A simple heart screening, like the one being offered by Simon’s Fund, will detect up to 85 percent of the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death. Students may register for the screening at simonsfund.org/registration.

Simon’s Fund and CHOP have been providing heart screenings for students for the past four years and have screened close to 3,000 students.  Aggregated data from the screenings shows that 1 out of every 100 children screened will discover a potentially fatal heart condition.  These findings are consistent with studies conducted in Italy where all young athletes are screened.  In Italy, the incidence of sudden cardiac death in young adults has decreased by 89 percent since implementing the mandatory screenings.

Simon’s Fund was created by Phyllis and Darren Sudman following the passing of Simon Sudman, their three-month-old son who died suddenly in his sleep in January 2004. While investigating the cause of his death, the Sudman Family was advised to get ECG exams. As a result, Phyllis Sudman was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome, a condition that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and/or death.  Most of these conditions can be detected with an ECG exam and treated with medication.  Simon’s Fund is committed to raising awareness about these conditions and providing free heart screenings to students in the region.

“All of our children get their eyes examined.  They get a hearing test.  We need to start checking their hearts too,” says Phyllis Sudman, co-founder of Simon’s Fund.  “By providing this very inexpensive, painless and effective exam, we will decrease the number of children that drop dead from sudden cardiac arrest.”

About Simon’s Fund

The mission of Simon’s Fund is to save the life of one child . . . . and then another, by raising awareness about Long QT Syndrome and other conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death.

For more information on Simon’s Fund, contact josh@simonsfund.org

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