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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Simon's Club Member of the Week – Jake Berman

When doctors told Margie Gardner her daughter’s heart arrhythmia was not hereditary, she was relieved; at least, she needn’t worry about her older child Jake. Still when she heard about Simon’s Fund’s free heart screening at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in 2007, she decided to have Jake tested. She remains...

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Simon's Club Member of the Week – Alaysia Keeley

October 30, 2010 was a crazy day in the Keeley house. Both of single mom Beth’s kids had soccer games and the family had promised to attend a birthday party. As a result, Alaysia Keeley almost didn’t make it to Norristown High School to get her heart screened. Luckily, a...

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Simon's Club Member of the Week – Katie Asper

Karen Asper, a nurse affiliated with Abington Hospital, volunteered to work at Simon’s Fund’s free heart screening at Upper Dublin high school on September 23rd, 2012. As the day wore on, Karen learned that space had opened up at the ‘sold out’ screening and she went home to pick up...

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Whitney Jones – Simon's Club Member of Week

Any mother would gladly lay down her life for her child, which makes both the Jones’ and Sudman’s stories heartbreakingly ironic. Phyllis Sudman has long credited her child, Simon, with saving her life. Following his death, the family was instructed to get their hearts checked. Through this process, Phyllis was...

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Nick of Time Encourages Screenings

The Nick of Time is a leading nonprofit organization that is checking heart and saving lives. February is National Heart Month, and we often hear the statistics about heart disease being the #1 killer in America.  But no one expects it to strike teenaged athletes. Cardiologist Dr. Jack Salerno from Seattle Children’s explains...

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$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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Home Run Straight From The Heart

This story is about a local family, the Silva’s, who lost their 7 year old son Aidan just under 1 year ago.  I’m usually the first one to say that athletes should not be our heroes or role models, mostly because the media is quick to report on their transgressions,...

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Teen's Death Leads to Push for AEDs

By Julie Muhlstein, Herald Columnist Nick Varrenti loved football. He wore No. 58. To sport his team spirit, Nick wore tall blue football socks every day to school. In 2004, over Labor Day weekend, the 16-year-old played his last game. He breathed his last breath. Nicholas Dwain Varrenti died on...

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Mother Shares Story of Losing Child to Long QT

A Valley mother hopes her loss will help other parents become more aware of potential health issues in their children. For Christine Puricelli the death of her daughter Emilie has left a void in her life. Christine Puricelli – video

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