Archive - 2009

Archive - 2009

June 4th

SCA Foundation Announces Winners of Video Contest

In honor of National CPR and AED Awareness Week, Foundation Donates Free AEDs to Winning Schools

Pittsburgh, PA–The SCA Foundation today announced the winners of its first video contest designed to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest. The student competition drove teams from across the country to submit videos about the importance of CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use, and empowering students to make a difference in helping to save lives.

The Grand Prize Winner is St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in Salisbury, Maryland. The SCA Foundation will award the school with a new AED, three CPR Anytime™ kits, and a Nintendo Wii game system.

June 1st

Representative Sutton’s Josh Miller HEARTS Act Passes the House to Bring Lifesaving AEDs to Schools across the Nation

Washington, D.C.– Earlier today, the Josh Miller HEARTS (Helping Everyone Access Responsive Treatment in Schools) Act, sponsored by Congresswoman Betty Sutton (D-OH), passed the House of Representatives and will be introduced later this week in the Senate by Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH). The Josh Miller HEARTS Act, or H.R. 1380, will establish a federal grant program that will enable elementary and secondary schools across the nation to access automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Its passage this week coincides with National CPR and AED Awareness Week.

The bill is named in memory of Josh Miller, a 15-year-old student from Rep. Sutton's hometown of Barberton, Ohio who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest during a high school football game. Although he had never demonstrated any symptoms of heart problems, he collapsed shortly after he left the football field. By the time the paramedics arrived at the scene, it was too late to save Josh.

May 28th

Association Wants One Million People to Commit to CPR Training

DALLAS-- Senior offensive tackle Matt Nader felt like his chest exploded when he collapsed on the sidelines at his high school football game. Quick action by his parents who knew cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the availability of an onsite automated external defibrillator (AED) saved his life.

The American Heart Association wants a million people to learn CPR as part of National CPR & AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, to help save cardiac arrest victims like Matt. The week encourages the public to get CPR training and learn how to use an AED. It also encourages them to log their training on the association's Web site. The site will feature a live map that will update in real time when people submit their information.

May 26th

Memory Loss Among SCA Survivors: You Are Not Alone

Many of you have written to share your concerns about short term memory loss after survival from sudden cardiac arrest.

It may be comforting to know you are not alone. Many survivors in our registry report memory loss and other cognitive changes.

May 22nd

Shannon from Alabama

 Hi! My name is Shannon Griggs, and I am a wife and mother-of-two living in the small town of Arab, Alabama. 

On March 5, 2009, I was at home from work getting ready for my grandfather's funeral. Of course, I don't remember any of this or much of the month prior to this, so I rely on the recollections of my closest family and friends. Because of the occasion, my husband and daughters were also at home with me at the time which was uncharacteristic for a typical work/school day. I would have otherwise been at the middle school in our city school system where I work as the library media specialist.

National CPR/AED Awareness Week

Check out the National CPR/AED Awareness website!

Let's see what we can do to help the American Heart Association reach their goal of 1 million trained!

Boston Pizza Foundation Contributes $1 Million to Strengthen National AED Program in Canada

Contribution will place and provide training for 200 AEDs across Canada

Edmonton, Alberta–The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) today announced a $1 million contribution by the Boston Pizza Foundation to its national Heart&Stroke Restart a Heart, Restart a Life(TM) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) program. The contribution will support the allocation, training and installation of 200 AEDs in public places across the country over the next five years.

May 20th

What Are You Doing to Celebrate CPR-AED Awareness Week?

In late 2007, Congress declared the first week of June as “National Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week.”

The Congressional resolution shines a national spotlight on how important it is for all Americans to learn critical lifesaving skills such as how to perform CPR, how to use an AED and the need to increase public access to AEDs.

House members Reps. John R. “Randy” Kuhl, Jr. (R-NY) and Dan Boren (D-OK) co-sponsored the House version of the bill (H.Con.Res. 215), and Sens. Russell Feingold (D-W) and Susan Collins (R-ME), championed the Senate version (S.Con.Res. 54), working with the American Heart Association and American Red Cross.

Last June, nationwide ceremonies, community activities and educational outreach efforts were conducted across the country.

What are you doing to celebrate CPR-AED Awareness week this year?


SCA Foundation Board Chair Named Fulbright Scholar

Bobby Khan, MD, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at Emory University

May 15th

Drake University Graduate Celebrates Her Father's Survival

Drake University senior Cassaundra Koenen missed the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Saturday morning because her father, Glenn Koenen, suffered a heart attack in the stands at the Drake Knapp Center about a half hour before the ceremony, which began at 10 a.m.

Drake staff members, along with an emergency room nurse and a doctor in the audience, came to Glenn Koenen's aid.

Annie Swanson, an ER nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, was there to watch the graduation of her niece, Molly Rafmussen.

"I was four rows in front of him and someone yelled 'Is there a nurse or doctor?' So I turned around and hopped over the bleachers and went over to him," Swanson said.

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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