Annual Letter from our President

November 2019

Hello Supporters,

We need your support this holiday season to prevent another young life from being lost to the number one cause of death among student athletes:  Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). 

Imagine if you could do something right now to help reduce the number of children who die from SCA.  

The American Heart Association quotes more than 356,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests annually, most often occurring without warning.  There are thousands of children that have an underlying heart defect that has been undetected that could lead to SCA (1 in 300 youth have an undetected heart condition that puts them at risk for SCA).  SCA is currently the #1 cause of death among student athletes on school campuses and typically occurs during physical activity.  If an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is not used within the first 10 minutes after a victim collapses, death usually results. Because the national average response time for emergency personnel to arrive at the scene is 10 minutes, calling 9-1-1 and waiting for an AED to arrive is not sufficient.  It is critical that schools, youth athletic leagues, and facilities that host athletic events for young people are secured with these life-saving devices onsite.

Fifteen-year old Blair Allan suffered an SCA while running on Villa Maria Academy’s track.  Thanks to the swift action from a parent watching a nearby soccer game, and because her school’s athletic director was equipped with an AED, Blair is alive today to tell her story.  Thirteen-year old Zach Rufo wasn’t as lucky.  Nor was Ryan Gillyard, age 14.  Or Aidan Silva, in the dawn of his elementary school years, age 7.

Aidan’s Heart Foundation (AHF) officially became a 501(c)(3) in 2013 following the sudden death of our co-founder’s oldest child, Aidan Silva.  Aidan had no history of heart issues until his heart suddenly stopped on the afternoon of September 4, 2010.  AHF aims to prevent another family from experiencing the unthinkable tragedy of losing a child.  We are now a Gold Seal for Transparency organization with GuideStar non-profit rankings. Our mission is to provide awareness, education, and support to the communities of southeast Pennsylvania region and its surrounding area to create heart-safe communities for youth regarding the prevention of and/or response to SCA.

Since its inception 9 years ago, AHF has promoted heart-safe communities in the following ways

  • Facilitated the placement of 90+ AEDs in locations within communities where youth are physically active
  • Provided free community heart screenings to 1,830 kids and teens, identifying potentially life-threatening heart issues in approximately 1 out of every 100 children screened
  • Trained 5,500 youth and 550 coaches/parents on how to perform CPR and how to use an AED to save someone’s life

With your tax-deductible donation, you can help us ensure that our communities are heart-safe and have a direct impact on the youth who may be at risk for this preventable tragedy.  Your generous support is crucial to our efforts to ensure no other child loses his or her life to SCA.

How Your Donations Help Fight SCA from Taking Another Young Life

  • $1,000 – AED for a school or a youth-based athletic facility or organization
  • $500 – CPR + AED training for five high school students to become certified “Save a Life Ambassadors”
  • $170 – Replacement Battery for an AED (4-year shelf life)
  • $110 – Replacement AED Pediatric pads (2-year shelf life)
  • $100 – EKG exam for a child aged 5-19
  • $70 – Replacement AED Adult pads (2-year shelf life)
  • $50 – Wall-mounted cabinet to house an AED in a school or facility
  • $25 – Ready kit (scissors, razor, mouth mask) to accompany an AED unit

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation via Facebook.

Another option to make a donation on our website, here.

Alternately, checks can be mailed directly to:

Aidan’s Heart Foundation
P.O. Box 72258
Thorndale, PA 19372

We thank you for your contribution and wish you a wonderful, safe holiday season.

Best Regards,
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Christy Silva, President
Aidan’s Heart Foundation