Protect this Heart Challenge

On October 27, 232 students from five different schools came together for a heart screening: Haveford, Agnes Irwin, Baldwin, Friends Central and Shipley. Six of them were referred for follow up. This screening represented a few firsts. There were doctors from five different hospitals checking hearts. There were medical students...

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Study Suggests Sudden Death Happens Off the Field

This is an interesting conclusion. The best part is that they are spending time researching this issue.  Furthermore, if SCA occurs more frequently off the field, then it’s happening a lot, because it is also the #1 cause of death of student athletes. TORONTO – The stories are always shocking:...

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Upper Dublin Screening – An Email to Jill

The best way to capture the success and sentiment from the Upper Dublin Heart Screening is to share an email that we sent to Jill Florin. Jill’s daughter, Paige, invited us to come to Upper Dublin. This was her bat mitzvah project. Jill – Phyllis and I want to know...

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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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The True Test of an Olympic Athlete

This morning, I was lying in bed watching handball, fencing and table tennis. My first thought was “The fencing uniform really isn’t conducive to selling replica jerseys at Dick’s Sporting Goods. They’re missing a huge marketing opportunity.”  Then I wondered, why the hell am I watching these sports? I know...

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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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