About Us

The John Taylor Babbitt Foundation is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in John’s memory and dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death. 

Goals and Objectives:

  • Install automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools, athletic venues, and public gathering places and propose legislation to support the placement of AEDs
  • Establish Heart Clubs in high schools and universities to raise awareness and save lives.
  • Support research on genetic cardiac disorders that increase the risk of sudden cardiac death.


  • Propose legislation and lobby for state-level and federal laws on defibrillators
  • Work on municipal policies and procedures to support the purchase and maintenance of defibrillators
  • Sponsor training programs in CPR/AED

JTB Heart Clubs:

  • Establish campus JTB Clubs at high schools and universities
  • Advise focus of club activities on advocacy, education, and defibrillators


  • Support research on genetic cardiac disorders, including Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and other diseases, that increase the risk of sudden cardiac death
  • Improve the accuracy and cost-effectiveness of screening programs and investigate promising treatments. 

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