Packing, Crying, Jumping, Dying and Flying

It happened in this order.  I was packing for my trip to San Diego to attend the Annual Parent Heart Watch Conference.  This organization brings people together that have lost children to sudden cardiac arrest.  Most or all o f the people have started a nonprofit to raise awareness and...

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Life-Saving Cookies (Not Approved by FDA)

You know what they say:  “absence makes the heart grow fonder but cookies make the heart grow stronger.”  We’ve been struggling with this cliche for a while, trying to understand its true meaning.  What is it about the cookie that makes the heart strong? We researched some foods that have been credited...

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Brains, Hearts, Concussions and Cardiac Arrest

Kudos to the State of New Jersey for passing a concussion safety bill.  Governor Christie, accompanied by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Jets owner Woody Johnson and Sen. Richard Codey (D-Essex) signed the bill into law.  Now, student athletes that suffer a concussion on the field must be sidelined until they are...

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She Can See and Hear, but Could She Die?

It’s all good.  The Pennsylvania School Health Code required a health screening for our daughter, Sally.  During the school day, she participated in a battery of tests.  Her vision is good.  Her hearing is good.  Her height, weight and body mass index are all good.  She can see and hear,...

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Sudden Cardiac Al-Qaeda

During this busy travel season, the debate of airport security screenings is becoming more intense.  Do these screenings really go far enough?  Are the pat-downs too invasive?  I’m not going to answer these questions. I’m struck by the irrationality of this debate.  In the last nine years, 3,000 people have...

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227 – The Norristown Screening

On October 30, Simon’s Fund and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia conducted a heart screening for the students of Norristown.  We screened 227 hearts.  All students received an ECG exam, had their blood pressure taken twice, and had their height and weight checked.  There were thirteen students that received additional...

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Swimmer Dies, My High School

I graduated from Sycamore High School in 1988.  At that time, life was simple.  Since that time, I lost a son, Sycamore has lost a student swimmer and tens of thousands of other kids have died from sudden cardiac arrest.  My heart goes out to Jose’s family. CINCINNATI, Ohio, October 27. THE Cincinnati Marlins and...

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By Providing Free Heart Screenings, Simon’s Fund Teams with Children’s Hospital to Honor Akhir Frazier and Prevent Other Student Athlete Deaths

Simon’s Fund Continues Mission to Help Save Children’s Lives Through Free Heart Screenings in Memory of Three Month Old Son NORRISTOWN, PA – October 27, 2010 – This Saturday, October 30th, Simon’s Fund will host a free heart screening for students of the Norristown School District, ages 10 – 19...

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Another Birthday, Lost

Yesterday sucked.  Simon’s sixth birthday.  After six years, you’d think . . . . Nothing.  It doesn’t get easier.  The days in between the birthday get easier, but not the birthday.  After losing a kid, every holiday and life cycle event can’t just happen.  Even if there is some joy...

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