Shane Victorino Boys & Girls Club

Every screening has a different origin, a different path and a different outcome.  Our screening at the Shane Victorino Boys and Girls Club was no different. A student that had gotten her heart screened at one of our first heart screenings got a summer internship with the Victorino Foundation. She...

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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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Is Summer Camp Like Heaven?

Last weekend, thousands of families were reorganized (albeit temporarily), as children left for summer camp. For families that participate in this ritual, it is viewed as a tremendous gift, and an opportunity to learn independence. For those that don’t participate, it can be viewed as an odd – who sends...

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Enjoy your Flight

Every day across America, millions of people board airplanes for commercial travel.  In 2011, 632,000,000 people took to the skies in our country.  Interestingly, not one of those passengers is allowed to fly without hearing these words:  “insert the clasp into the buckle; the nearest exit may be behind you; the lights on...

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The Universe Did Right

No one would have blamed me for hating the world after Simon died.  After all, life was not fair.  My baby died before me and that’s just never supposed to happen.  The universe was not working . . . . As I stood next to Representative Mike Vereb and Governor...

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Athlete Health Organization Screening – 800

This is one of our favorite events of the year for several reasons.  First, we are just one station of many that examine high school students.  The students receive care from orthopedists, neurologists, internists and pulmonologists.  Second, we have doctors from all of the major hospitals participating in our cardiac...

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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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