$60 Saved a Life – Just Ask Mom & Dad

It was the best $60 that Scott and Sarah Lepke ever spent.   In November 2010, the Lepkes opted to pay the extra money for an optional athletic heart screening for their son, Matt. The ultrasound test, through Transmed Inc.’s Screening America program, was offered by the Beresford School District....

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How Do You Measure a Year?

One of my favorite songs is Seasons of Love from RENT.  In it, the characters describe all of the ways to measure a year: In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights In cups of coffee In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. In truths that she learned, Or in times...

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Lessons from the NBA – Checking Hearts and Saving Lives

In basketball, we hear about “threes” all of the time.  A player lines up behind the arc, lets it go, and drains a three pointer.  This past week, “threes” took on a new meaning.  When the big news was supposed to be about the NBA (finally) starting its season, the...

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Milestones and Tombstones – Downingtown Screening

The road to Downingtown West High School goes through Frazier and right past Haym Solomon Memorial Park.  This is where Simon is buried.  This post is really about the success of our recent screening, but this screening revealed an ongoing struggle of mine – what is expected of me, the...

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It’s a Rare Occurrence . . . Until

Following the death of Jeffrey Lee in the Philadelphia Marathon, we sent this Op Ed to the Inquirer.  You can read it below or see it on their website. ‘It’s a rare occurrence.” That’s a comforting notion until it happens to your child. Our child, Simon, was 3 months old...

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WKRP in Cincinnati

The only thing missing at our heart screening today was WKRP.  The four major networks were there.  One hundred students were there.  Most of the Sycamore water polo team was there.  About thirty professionals from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Suburban Pediatrics were there.   Jose’s mother, Luisa, was there.  All of...

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PA Lawmakers Focus on Student Athletes

Kudos to the PA Senate (and previously the PA House) for passing the Safety in Youth Sports Act (SB 200).  They join 30 other states that have passed this type of legislation.  The bill is now waiting to be signed by the Governor. Over the last few years, there has been a...

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Literally . . . Scared to Death

Every figure of speech has to come from somewhere, right? SALT LAKE CITY – Standing outside the city’s newest haunted attraction, Darby DeHart started to second-guess her decision to visit the Fear Factory. “I’ve never been to a haunted house before, so I’m a little freaked out,” the Millcreek teen admitted....

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What Do You Get . . . .

What do you get a seven year old boy for his birthday?  Where do you have the party?  Who do you invite? These are the questions that I expected to be grappling with on a day like today – Simon’s birthday.  For me, and I can only speak for me...

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A Picture is Worth . . .

Last night was Bubby’s 65th birthday party.  I flew down to Tampa to surprise her.  You wouldn’t have made the trip.  Mom, Sally and Jaden stayed home.  Aunt Meredith put together a great video.  Of course, you were in it. As we strolled down memory lane, looking at pictures from...

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