The Next Chapter – A New Leader

Today marks another milestone in my journey since the loss of Simon. I step down as Executive Director of Simon’s Heart and welcome Jennifer Parrado with open arms. Jenn comes to us from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society where she served as the Regional Advancement Director. She has spent the last ten...

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Is Cardiac Arrest Contagious?

Sudden cardiac arrest is what happens when the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly. It is the leading cause of death of adults in this country. However, it is not just an adult thing. It is linked to 10% of SIDS deaths; is the leading cause of death of student athletes; and...

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We Need a Country-Sized AED!

We need a country-sized automated external defibrillator (AED) right now. An AED is the only tool that can save someone in cardiac arrest. If needed, it delivers a lifesaving shock. If we hooked one up to this nation, the machine would run its diagnostics (like it always does) and probably...

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Simon’s Heart Begins Executive Search

Today, Darren Sudman, announced that he will stepping down from the day to day operations at Simon’s Heart this year. Darren and his wife, Phyllis, co-founded the organization fifteen years ago following the sudden and unexpected death of their son, Simon. Over the last eight years, Darren has served as...

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My Perspective Changed Forever

I remember like it was yesterday. Phyllis and I had to escape from life. We had just passed the first anniversary of Simon’s death. We took Sally to the beach. It was so hard to be around people with babies. It was even harder to hear about “problems.” I’m really sorry your contractor...

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Please Help Our Restaurants

This year, we raised $65,000 at Simon’s Soiree from the silent auction. A good portion of these proceeds came through the generosity of the dining industry. They donated gift cards and dining experiences. Many took part in our Heart Month campaign to sell wine totes.  They stepped in when we...

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Jenn and Rob Shockley

Timing is everything. We met Jenn in 2019. She wasted no time helping us market ideas (her specialty), find sponsors and connect with the youth lacrosse community. We’ve been completely inspired by her enthusiasm and effort. We are lucky that Robb and she have agreed to serve as co-chairs for...

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Diana and Ducis Rodgers

A friend set us up with Ducis Rodgers. He came to one of our heart screenings and then quickly began raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and death in student athletes. Then, there was a couple’s dinner, and now we call Diana and Ducis friends. We’re so excited they’re serving...

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What is a Standard of Care?

Throughout the past century, we’ve seen extraordinary advances in medicine and technology. The ways we detect, diagnose, and treat disease have changed the course of humankind. Among these changes is the method by which we screen for disease in a seemingly healthy population. It’s called preventative medicine. There is a...

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We Need To Be Prepared

Dr. Dermot Phelan MD, Ph.D., FESC, FASE, FACC a staff cardiologist from the Cleveland Clinic interviews Samantha Krouse, Manager of GotAED about sudden cardiac arrest, the importance of early defibrillation and resources to get AED devices. Dr. Phelan: The sudden cardiac death of a young athlete or pupil has a...

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