Testimony for Maryland Ways & Means

Chairwoman Hixson and Committee Members: Thank you for giving me the privilege to testify in support of HB 427: The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act. My name is Darren Sudman. I am a co-founder and the Executive Director of Simon’s Fund. I am also Simon’s dad. I live outside of...

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Remarks – Soiree 2014

We are so grateful to the almost 400 people that attended Simon’s Soiree, and for the many more who were “with us” from distant places. Here are the remarks that we shared. We have a few thoughts to share tonight, but we are standing up here really just say thank you. ...

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An Email from a Friend

I’d never want a parent to lose their child. However, amidst the wreckage, there are amazing some things, that you can only see if you’ve survived, like the spirit and generosity of others. Here is one of those things: Today and always Simon, we think of you We think of your...

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Being a Part of Something Bigger

I am on my way home from the 9th Annual Parent Heart Watch Conference. I sit on the Board and Simon’s Fund was a sponsor. It is a great organization that brings families and organizations together. Here are some thoughts that I shared with the attendees. Simon’s Fund is really...

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A Horse is a Horse, Of Course

The headline read “Tests Confirm Sprinter Sacre Has Irregular Heartbeat.”  I clicked on the link to read about the track and field star with the last name of Sacre. Funny story . . . it’s a horse. Interesting. What type of observation is made on a horse that leads to...

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Penn Charter (December 15, 2013)

Emily Schwartz is a student at Springside Academy. She reached out to Simon’s Fund to host a screening for her bat mitzvah project. What started as a school project quickly turned into a screening for four independent schools – Chestnut Hill Springside, Penn Charter, Germantown Academy and Germantown Friends. Of...

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What Came First – The Marathon or Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Pheidippides WAS the first. Unfortunately, he wasn’t the last. Who’s this guy, you ask? He was the first person to complete a marathon. At the time, it wasn’t called that – the name was born out of his story.  Pheidippides, a soldier, ran from a battlefield in Marathon to Athens...

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Keeper of the Flame

Our synagogue honored our work this past weekend by giving us the Keeper of the Flame Award. It’s kind of backwards, because without the support from our friends and community, we would not be in a position to be honored. Phyllis delivered our remarks. DARREN AND I ARE VERY HUMBLED...

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Garnet Valley (November 9, 2013)

The Kingsborough family was adamant about bringing a screening to their community. Denise works for Medtronic and Joe is the vice principal at the high school. With their help, we screened 189 students.

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The Circus is Coming to Town

Last Friday, I spent one day at two conferences about sudden cardiac arrest and death in the young.  The SADS Foundation (www.sads.org) hosted its Seventh Annual International Conference.  SADS is dedicated to raising awareness about and researching arrhythmias.  The Second Annual Connor Senn Symposium was a CME about causes and...

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