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    Tuesday
    09.16.2014

    AHA Report on ECG Screening Drops the Ball

    Screen Across America is a consortium of organizations that provide youth heart screenings in the United States. The group includes integrated health care systems, hospitals, universities, private medical practices, businesses and foundations. Based on our experiences in screening hundreds of thousands of children, and changing thousands of lives, we believe that youth heart screenings with… See More

    Tuesday
    09.09.2014

    Most Wonderful Time

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year. For most, the beginning of August prompts visions of school buses, chaotic activity schedules, and of course, the Staples commercial where dad is skipping down the aisle tossing supplies into his cart and counting the days until school begins. I still have those visions, but now they… See More

    Tuesday
    08.12.2014

    What is the Price of a Child’s Life by Katie Asper

    How do you know when your mission makes sense? When you can see the impact you’ve had on the lives of children. Katie Asper is one of those students. She attended a heart screening and discovered a heart condition. Then, she started giving back and raising awareness. Below is a paper that she submitted in school…. See More

    Saturday
    07.26.2014

    Healthcare Like an Egyptian

    Dear Pharoah: I just read that the Detmold Child died from a heart condition. I’m so sorry. I know that he’s been dead for 6,500 years, and has been a mummy the entire time. However, I’m just learning about his passing, and the fact that he died from an heart condition. It’s absolutely incredible that… See More

    Saturday
    06.28.2014

    Sigma Delta Tau Alumnae of the Year

    Today, our co-founder, Phyllis Sudman, was honored by Sigma Delta Tau as the Alumnae of the Year for her work with Simon’s Fund. She was introduced by Lori Fair, and accepted the award in front of 300 plus sorority sisters. We are so proud of her and are pleased to share her acceptance speech. Lori…. See More

    Monday
    06.23.2014

    The Lesson of Isaiah Austin

    As kids, how many of you dreamed of making the winning shot, throwing the winning touchdown or hitting the winning homerun? Isaiah Austin, big man for the Baylor Bears did that already. He just finished up his collegiate career and was about to check off another dream – getting drafted to play in the NBA…. See More

    Tuesday
    06.03.2014

    Awareness Du Jour

    CPR/AED Awareness Week is underway. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a very easy lifesaving technique that helps pump blood through the body when the heart stops beating.  An automated external defibrillator (AED) is an automated device that assesses the heartbeat of a patient and then delivers a life-saving shock, if needed.  If someone is in cardiac… See More

    Sunday
    05.25.2014

    Op Ed – Don’t Judge a Book

    This past week, many parents in the Greater Philadelphia area learned what I learned almost ten years ago – sudden cardiac arrest isn’t just an adult thing. It takes the lives of thousands of children every year. Two students, an eighth grader from Harrington Middle School in Mount Laurel, and a first grader from Andrew… See More

    Thursday
    05.08.2014

    What Does a Mom Say?

    Ding ding ding? No, that’s a fox. So, what did your mom say? Did she have a go-to phrase, quote or cliche? I don’t remember if my mother had one (which won’t surprise my mother at all). However, in trying to think of one, and knowing that we are having our first-ever Mother’s Day Weekend… See More

    Wednesday
    04.16.2014

    The Financial and Emotional Costs of Heart Screenings

    As I write this, Mason Tellez, a track athlete from Whittier High School, remains hospitalized.  According to a statement by his mother, he collapsed during practice with an undetected heart condition.  “He remains in serious condition, but at this point is breathing on his own.” Our prayers and thoughts are with Mason and his family…. See More