You Can Make a Difference: Help Raise Awareness on October 3

You Can Make a Difference: Help Raise Awareness on October 3

Donate to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation through PIttsburgh Gives on October 3 and The Pittsburgh Foundation will provide additional funding

PITTSBURGH, PA--In 2008, Congress declared October "National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month." Now, four years--and more than a million deaths later--many people still do not understand that sudden cardiac arrest, which differs from a heart attack, affects more than 1,000 people each day, and on average, fewer than 1 in 10 victims survive. 

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national 501(c)3 charitable organization based in Pittsburgh, is working diligently to change this dynamic.

"Research suggests that four in 10 sudden cardiac arrest victims could survive if more people understood the need for immediate bystander intervention with CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs)," said Norman S. Abramson, MD, FACEP, FCCM, chairman of the SCA Foundation's Board of Directors.

You can help raise awareness and save lives threatened by the nation's leading cause of death by donating to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation on October 3 through Pittsburgh Gives, a program of The Pittsburgh Foundation. On that day, all donations received from 12:00 AM ET until 11:59:59 PM ET will receive a pro-rated portion of the match pool.

(As an example, if the match pool is $500,000 and the total amount raised by all nonprofits that day is $2,000,000, then the match may be $.25 on the dollar. Note, this is not a $1 to $1 match.)

"We are honored to have been selected once again by The Pittsburgh Foundation to participate in this outstanding philanthropic initiative," said Mary Newman, MS, president. "Like other nonprofit organizations, we rely on the generosity of individuals who recognize the importance of dedication to a vital mission that benefits the community, achieved through effective strategies and efficient use of resources."

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation strategies for raising awareness include its award-winning website, its SCA Survivor Network, newly-launched online commmunity, award-winning educational campaigns targeted to secondary schools, colleges and universities, and community outreach. 

Do you want to make a difference? On Wednesday, October 3:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Donate Now. The minimum gift is $25
  3. Enter your name, email and phone number in appropriate boxes. Please note you must have a valid email address to receive a tax receipt for your donation.
  4. Select Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. Contributions are tax-deductible. Note: Mastercard and Visa are accepted for payment and you will receive confirmation of your donation and a tax receipt via email within an hour of the transaction. DIscover and AMEX are not accepted and will not be matched. Please remember to notify your credit card issuer if you plan to make a large donation as they may hold your transaction due to fraud protection services. 
  5. Enter your credit card information on The Pittsburgh Foundation's secure server and click “submit." You will receive confirmation that your donation has been received and an email will be sent to you for tax purposes.
  6. Don’t forget to share your donation via social media and encourage others to give as well.

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‚ÄčThank you for your support.

Note: The official registration information of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling 800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

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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