Are you one of the few people who hasn't heard about Wes Leonard, the 16-year-old basketball star who collapsed at died on the court last March from Sudden Cardiac Arrest? His parents have raised funds to provide 50 AEDs to Michigan schools to date, and counting. But, his mom says, schools should already have had them.
Read the article about today's graduation of Wes' high school class by clicking here.
Watch the ESPN video tribute to Wes by clicking here.
New Jersey may soon be requiring AEDs in all schools. Currently, the only facilities in PA that are required by law to have AEDs are nursing homes. Let's get on board, PA!!! Our kids deserve to be protected!!!
Thank you, Ryan Lawrence, for writing a wonderful article about Aidan and Ryan Howard, and for helping us spread word about our upcoming 2nd Annual 5K for Aidan J. in the Delaware County Times newspaper!
To save one life is as if to save the world - The Talmud
have some great news to announce! The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention
Act is being signed into PA law on May 30th! This act would require
the education of coaches, trainers, student athletes, and parents about
the symptoms of SCA prior to participating in athletics. In addition, it
children who show the symptoms of SCA prior to, during, or after an
athletic activity are properly screened by a medical professional before
being allowed to return to athletic activities. This is a HUGE step in
our goals to protect our children from SCA. Working with Simon's
Fund, Pennsylvania State Representative, Mike Vereb, introduced
the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act before the House of
Representatives. This accomplishment is truly the reflection of
many hands working together. On February 14th, surviving children of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, along with families who lost their child,
visited Harrisburg delivering cookies to members of the House Education
committee and urged them to pass this bill. Little 6-year old Devin
shared his heartbreaking story of losing his best friend and brother
Aidan to SCA directly with staff members. Downingtown's own
State Senator Andy Dinniman, as Minority Chairman of the Education
Committee, followed through on the personal resolution he presented the
Silva Family with at the First 5K last June and personally helped to
ensure the success of this bill. We are so thrilled with this success
and it brings us ever closer to the goal of having every child receive
EKG screenings along with their hearing and vision well visits and
ensuring every school and athletic association in Pennsylvania has an
AED device on the premise.
Thank you, Kelly Hagelauer, for writing this post.