Researcher Want Study on Sudden Death of Young Athletes

(PHILADELPHIA) An abrupt, fatal heart attack in a young athlete on the playing field is a tragedy destined to repeat itself over and over until more is understood about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a genetic disorder that is the most common cause of sudden death in young people but which affects...

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Let’s Pull the Plug . . .

I’m sure that you’ve made so many decisions for your child . . . . what to eat . .  . when to go to bed . . . whether to play soccer or take piano lessons or both.  Hopefully, you’ll never have to make the decision that a friend of...

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Please Touch Museum honors Simon’s Fund

Simon's Fund receives "Great Friend to Kids" award Every year, the Please Touch Museum gives an award to people and organizations in the community that improve the lives of children. This year, Simon’s Fund is being honored. We are very excited and grateful.

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Sex and the City II for Simon’s Fund

When we purchased Simon’s Fund Sex and the City II package offered at Simon’s Day, we were confident of two things. First, the money was going to an amazing cause, one that is dear to our hearts, and will be spent to help safeguard the lives of children in our...

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Quick, Somebody Get Me a Lawyer!

This is sad.  Do we really need to litigate for change?  The following article shows that of the 108 deaths of NCAA athletes from 1982 – 2008 (documented by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research), 65% of them were heart related.  This means that they could have been...

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Simon’s Fund on Top of the World (or Scottsdale)

An old friend from college, Jerry Altman, reached out to me after Simon passed away.  He’s been very generous to the cause ever since.  He just sent me this photo of him on top of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale wearing a Simon’s Fund shirt. The death of a child is...

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The Intangibles

Classic movie . . . Kevin Costner plays Elliot Ness . . . wait, that’s The Untouchables.  The intangibles are the things that happen but are hard to sense and even harder to quantify.  “Raising Awareness” is one of the big intangibles in our organization.  We want parents, school personnel, coaches, pediatricians...

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I've Got a Feeling . . .

I’ve got a feeling . . .   These four words lead most people to the same conclusion – Black Eyed Peas.  I know its a big hit – my kids love it.  I think it is one of the most annoying songs ever released. I only bring this up because I do have...

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Dr. Oz on Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Recently Dr. Mehmet Oz, professor of surgery at Columbia University in New York and host of the syndicated TV program The Dr. Oz Show,  took an in-depth look at what parents can do to prevent sudden cardiac death — what he terms “the number one sudden killer in children.” The...

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Student Drowns – Could Be Heart Related . . .

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CBS/WBNS) Rico Butler, a Hilliard Davidson High School student and star athlete, drowned Tuesday night while swimming in a Columbus, Ohio quarry. Police recovered the 17-year-old’s body from a quarry near Dublin and Trabue roads shortly before noon, according to CBS affiliate WBNS. Butler was swimming with several...

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