The Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the nation's leading killer and saving more lives.
You Can Save A Life
Just about every day, we post a news story on social media about another life that was saved from sudden cardiac arrest—thanks to immediate CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator. On a really good day, we post multiple stories of survival.
One recent story is that of
Erin Durborow, a teacher who was saved at her school, thanks to the foresight of school officials and prompt actions by school nurse, Mary Ellen Urbanowicz, RN. Erin's story is particularly heartwarming: Since she was 13 weeks pregnant, two lives were saved that day. "I was incredibly fortunate that we had an AED in the gym," said Erin.
But for every person who is resuscitated from sudden cardiac arrest, there are nine others who did not make it, nine families faced with the sudden loss of a loved one, nine families planning funerals—and left to wonder why.
Families like the Koenigs. Stuart Koenig, an active and seemingly healthy attorney, was playing tennis when he suffered sudden cardiac death at the age of 65.
As his son Kevin later wrote in his blog,
"My dad literally worked until the day he died. He never got to retire. He never met any grandchildren. He never got to go to Europe. These were all things he planned on doing. Yet none of them were things he got to do, because of an episode of sudden cardiac arrest that wiped him from the Earth as quickly and surely as if he'd been picked off by a sniper."
Since sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting more than 1,000 people every day, chances are you, too, have been personally affected by this stealthy killer—in one way or another.
That's why we're here. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is working tirelessly to raise awareness about the magnitude of this public health crisis and the ways it can be prevented and treated effectively. Our vision is to help create a world in which survival from sudden cardiac arrest is the norm, rather than the exception.
If you share our vision, please donate to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation today. Your gift will be used to support our education, outreach, and advocacy initiatives. With your help, so many more can survive.
With gratitude and best wishes,
Bobby V. Khan, MD, PhD, Chairman, Board of Directors
Mary M. Newman, MS, President
P.S. About 48 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest each hour in the U.S. and most victims die. Please consider making a gift of $48 or more, in honor of survivors and their rescuers and in memory of all those we have lost to sudden cardiac arrest.
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To learn about our progress during the past year, please click the link below to download the Impact Report:
Download the 2014 Impact Report
If you would like to help the SCA Foundation achieve its educational mission, please consider making an online donation (see below) or send your contribution to:
7500 Brooktree Road, Suite 207 Wexford, PA 15090 Toll Free: 877-722-8641 Local: 724-934-0034
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations May Be Made: In memory of loved ones lost to sudden cardiac arrest To recognize rescuers involved in saving lives To commemorate a special occasion or anniversary. Please let us know if you would like us to send a special acknowledgment to those you would like to honor. Remember to include their contact information.
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