A Party From the Heart

Last night, an organization of twenty-five women, threw a party for Simon’s Fund.  They’ve been having fundraisers for nonprofit organizations for 25 years. Over 200 people gathered to bid on great auction items, eat and drink and watch a fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus.  We are so grateful.  Here...

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Downingtown West – 239

We screened 239 hearts today.  It was our second screening with duPont hospital.  We were also supported by doctors from Jefferson and Abington.  This was our first screening where doctors from different hospitals collaborated.  This is a great development as we continue to bring more doctors into the fold of...

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A Plane Crash, A Heart Crash

It’s 10:50 PM, the night before our second Downingtown screening.  We’ll screen about 300 kids.  Three of them will likely find a heart condition.  This is the normal routine.  Review email folder for cancellations.  Update registration lists.  Make corrections to folders and forms.  Load up the van with equipment. However,...

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The Full Circle of Simon’s Day

The very first Simon’s Day was held at the World Cafe Live on Simon’s first birthday (October 21, 2006).  At that event, 80 friends (adults and kids) listened to the music of Erin Flynn.  We also had a mini-heart screening.  We came together to remember Simon.  A few years later,...

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Andy Murray Demands Heart Screening in Tennis

We don’t typically see much discussion about sudden cardiac arrest in tennis.  We’re glad that Andy Murray is taking is stand. Andy Murray has demanded that regular heart screenings be made compulsory in tennis following the cardiac arrest suffered by Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba at White Hart Lane on Saturday. Muamba’s heart had stopped for 78 minutes before...

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New Guidelines to Protect Student Athletes

New guidelines outlining the causes and prevention of sudden death among athletes were released this week by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) in the United States. “These guidelines were developed for any level of sports participation, and to truly help save a life,” NATA President Marjorie Albohm said in...

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Great Nonprofits at Work on Sudden Cardiac Arrest

It was started in honor of Pleasanton resident Michael Gable, who suddenly died in 2009 at the age of 38, killed by a heart disease he didn’t even know he had. Pleasanton wife and mother Michelle Gable was still reeling from the sudden death of her husband Michael from cardiac...

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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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I Hope That One Day . . .

“I hope that one day something good comes of this.”  The cliche that we’ve all muttered at least once in our life.  This is THE phrase that follows every inexplicable tragedy.  It was included in my eulogy to Simon. As I sit here on the seventh anniversary of his death,...

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New Database Tracks Infant Deaths

This is a huge step in the right direction.  We can’t have an informed discussion about kids dying until we really know how many died and WHY they died.  I hope that this database will also track how many of these kids died from cardiac events.  Did you know that...

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