June 2nd, 2011

Highmark 5K a Great Way to Raise Funds and Awareness

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Thanks Walkers and Other Supporters

Highmark Walk 2011Saturday, May 21 was shaping up to be a hot day in Pittsburgh. The forecast called for sunny skies and a high in the 80’s. But the morning was cool and breezy, just right for a little stroll around the stadium, as cars piled into the gold lots at PNC Park. 

During National CPR/AED Awareness Week, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Spreads the 'You Can Save a Life' Message

Pittsburgh, Penn. – The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation celebrates National CPR/AED Awareness Week by encouraging everyone to take two steps to help save a

June 1st

Life, Death, and the Space Between - My experience with Sudden Cardiac Arrest (3 months later)

On March 1, 2011, at the age of 42, I was about 20 min. into a routine two-hour run around Lake Merritt in Oakland when I collapsed from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (V-Fib). To my fortune, there was a runner, Andy Hill, who happen to be close enough to help break my fall and provide immediate aid. Additionally, three other bystanders rendered CPR and contacted 911. While under the care the paramedics, they continued CPR and used a defibrillator 2x before getting some semblance of a life-sustaining rythm from my heart. They took me to the hospital where I was put into a drug-induced coma and my body was cooled down to the upper 70s for 24 hours in order to protect my brain as my heart stabilized. I spent three days in the intensive care unit and a total of 10 days in the hospital. All I remember of this event is beginning my run that day and then waking up in the hospital, days later.


1. Go to and watch the one minute video. That will make the people around you safer.
2. Get 10 of your family members and friends and acquaintances - the people you spend most of your time with - to watch the video. That will make YOU safer.
3. Go to Download SLICC's 35 minute class video and watch it. That will round out and re-enforce your CPR skills. That will really make the people around you safer if they have a cardiac arrest, a choking emergency, or a stroke.
4. [I'll bet you could see this coming...] Forward the SLICC class video link to 10 family / friend / acquaintance type people and get them to watch it. That will make YOU a lot safer.

If you have bad hips / knees / arthritis and can't get down on the floor skip step 1. The SLICC class video has a solution regarding how to perform CPR, even if you are 'blessed' with bad knees, hips, hands, etc.

Thank you.


What Are You Doing for National CPR-AED Awareness Week?

National CPR-AED Awareness Week June 1-7 is set aside each year to raise awareness about the need for everyone to learn the essential life skills of CPR and AED use. In Reno, Nevada, people are learning about CPR and AEDs through sidewalk training events. In Tucson, Arizona folks are taking classes in chest-compression-only CPR. And CPR-AED skills will be advocated later this week at Six Flags/ Great Adventure in New Jersey.

What are you doing to help spread the word? Share your news here.

Learn How to Save a Life During National CPR-AED Awareness Week

June 1-7 is National CPR-AED Awareness Week and people throughout the U.S. are being offered opportunities to learn how to save a life threatened by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). With the American Heart Association recommendation that laypersons should learn “Hands Only” or continuous chest compression CPR, saving a life just got easier.

Laypersons are also urged to learn how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs), public safety devices that are popping up in more and more public locations so they can be used immediately if someone collapses in SCA. AEDs can restore a normal heartbeat, as long as they are used quickly.

To find a training class near you, contact your local hospital, fire department or emergency medical services or contact one of the training organizations listed below:

May 31st

Janet Fund Celebrates National CPR-AED Awareness Week with Donation of an AED to Hubbard Middle School

The Janet Fund has presented an automated external defibrillator (AED) with a wall cabinet to Hubbard Middle School in Plainfield, thanks to a fundraising project by Fund and students of Warren Township Middle School. 

The WMS students partnered with the fund in their "Live With Heart" wristband campaign—raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth. The campaign sought to increase awareness and WMS was the school that raised the most awareness. For their efforts, the students were able to select a New Jersey public school from a list schools that do not have AEDs. 

May 26th

Experts Recommend Preparticipation Cardiac Screening For College Athletes

Sudden cardiac death in young athletes who had not previously exhibited symptoms is a relatively rare yet tragic event. This occurs in around 60-80 young athletes annually in the United States. In the June 2011 issue of The American Journal of Medicine, researchers collected electrocardiograms and echocardiograms of 964 athletes at a single university and found that distinct ECG abnormalities were present in 10% and were more common in males as well as black athletes. Two athletes were subsequently excluded from competition. 

May 20th

SCA Coalition Supports Josh Miller HEARTS Act

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition, an ad hoc group of more than 40 nonprofit organizations that focus on some aspect of sudden cardiac arrest, have endorsed the Josh Miller HEARTS (Helping Everyone Access Responsive Treatment in Schools) Act, which would enable every elementary and secondary school in the U.S. to install automated external defibrillators (AEDs). 
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May 17th

Call to Action: Contact Your Senators and Ask Them to Save the Rural and Community AED Act

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition supports the efforts of Senators Kent Conrad and Chuck Grassley to ensure continued funding for HRSA’s Rural and Community Access to Emergency Devices Program in the FY 2012 Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations bill. They have circulated a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services and Education asking the Subcommittee to continue support for the lifesaving program. Their letter does not specify an amount for the program, but simply asks for its continued support. The deadline for Senators to sign is this is Friday, May 20. Please ask your Senators to contact Senator Conrad's office on 202-224-2043 or Senator Grassley office at 202-224-3744 and sign this letter. 

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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