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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Advocacy Group: CJ First Candle  Research: Is There a Relation between Long QT and SIDS Long QT Syndrome Advocacy Group: SADS Foundation About: What is Long QT Syndrome? Sudden Cardiac Arrest Advocacy Group: Parent Heart Watch  Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Advocacy: Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation Research: Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in...

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Testimony – House Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs (Maine)

Chairwoman Kornfield and Chairman Langley thank you for allowing me to testify today before the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee in support of LD 1051 – an Act to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest. My name is Darren Sudman. I am the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Simon’s Fund, an organization dedicated...

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The Real Madness of March

Originally appearing in the Huffington Post. In the beginning, there are 64 teams. Each roster contains about fifteen players which means there are approximately 960 student athletes competing for the NCAA Championship trophy. The teams hail from thirty-two conferences; however, the majority of them come from six: ACC (9), Big...

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Yeah, But You Don’t Save Lives

Funny story. My son died twelve years ago from an undetected heart condition. My husband and I started this foundation to provide free heart screenings for kids. We were thinking that if other parents had the chance to check their kids’ hearts, maybe their kids wouldn’t die from detectable and...

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Learning from Heartisan Politics

Northern – Southern. Democrat – Republican. Black – White. Christian – Muslim. I’m pretty tired of all the talk about our differences, and the many ways that we can be segmented into groups. It’s too easy and not very productive. Take my family for instance. Girl – Boy. Brown Eyes...

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Don’t Know Much About History

Previously posted in Huffington Post Remember that song? “Don’t know much about history. Don’t know much biology. Don’t know much about science book . . .” It was released in 1960 – before my time. I remember it from Animal House. I know, that’s like my kids knowing “Staying Alive”...

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Zika, Olympic Fever and Other Threats

Previously posted in Huffington Post Zika. The scariest four-letter word for any Olympic athlete in 2016. Some experts demanded that the Olympics be postponed. Several athletes didn’t wait around for the experts to take action. They just stayed home to avoid the threat. Now that the Olympics are coming to...

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The Heart of Mike Pence

Published previously in Huffington Post It’s official. Governor Mike Pence of Indiana is Trump’s pick for Veep (great show, by the way). Most people are “meeting” him for the first time. I “met” him in March 2014, when he became the fourth Governor to sign the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act...

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Who You Gonna Call?

In a couple of weeks, the Ghostbusters Reboot will hit the theaters. The original was a classic. I was fourteen when it was released back in 1984. I can’t believe it’s been that long. That was the era of great movie sequels- Star Wars, Back to the Future, The Karate...

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Mother’s Day – Post Mortem

Published in the Huffington Post Another Mother’s Day is in the books. It is my 44th. For thirty-one years, the day was dedicated to honoring my mother. In my 32nd year, we welcomed Sally, our first child. Whoa did Mother’s Day change! It became so much more special and relevant...

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