AHO (June 7, 2013)

On June 7, the School District of Philadelphia hosted the Athlete Health Organization screening. This free and comprehensive screening provides high school student athletes with a pre participation sports physical. It is staffed by doctors from all over in the city in a variety of disciplines. For the fourth year,...

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One Year Later – The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act

Today marks the one year anniversary of the signing of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act (Act 59). This is the only law in the country that protects student athletes from sudden cardiac arrest. It’s really cool to get a law passed, and even cooler to speak at the bill signing,...

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It Takes a (Student) Village

This post would probably get more hits if it either praised or criticized Hillary’s book, It Takes a Village. Remember how much buzz that book created! However, it’s not. It’s about the success that Simon’s Fund has experienced as a result of tapping into a student village. For years now,...

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New Study Finds 100% Children . . .

Star Jones was the keynote speaker today at the Philadelphia Go Red for Women Luncheon. She had open heart surgery three years ago and is now a national spokesperson. She shared that she used to think that heart disease was an old white guy thing. Sit on that for minute....

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Simon's Fund Launches New Screening App

This week, two students from Haverford College launched the Simon’s Fund Heart Screening App. This app is designed to (1) improve efficiencies during the screening process; and (2) facilitate the collection of data to be used to develop the first Youth ECG Database.  Let’s think about the impact of this...

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If I Worked for Simon's Fund . . .

I would help save thousands of kids from dying because thousands of kids die from cardiac arrests every year. I would also help do heart screenings for kids to see if they have it. And if your kid had cardiac arrest we would be able to help you. Today I...

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Highland Park, IL (April 14)

Jack Kramer celebrated his bar mitzvah on March 30. On April 14, he hosted a heart screening for the youth of Highland Park.  Throughout the day, 126 students got their hearts checked at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. The doctors from Lurie Childrens and Advocate volunteered their time.  There were...

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Lawrenceville, GA (April 6, 2013)

This screening was for Jeremy and Adam. These boys attended Buford schools and lived on the same street.  Within one year, they both died from sudden cardiac arrest . . . playing basketball. The night before our screening, Louisville came from behind to beat Wichita State and Michigan powered through...

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Sudden Death is for Hockey, not NCAA Basketball Players

All eyes are set on Atlanta this weekend as it hosts the NCAA Final Four.  For weeks, millions of Americans have been glued to their TVs to see if their team survives into the next round. But for some players and coaches in the NCAA, survival means much more than...

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Wichita State – Final Four & Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Download Release Millions of Americans filled out their brackets and hoped that their team would survive on the Road to the Final Four. However, for some players, survival takes on a whole new meaning.  A recent study published by the American Heart Association shows that 1 out of every 3,100...

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