One would be hard pressed to find a more compassionate, determined, and generous young woman than Exton, Pennsylvania, native and current Downingtown East High School (PA) sophomore, ERIN VALKO. At first glance, Erin appears analogous to many high school...
Aidan’s Heart and Sen. Muth Announce SB512 and SB513 for AEDs and CPR Certification in Schools
Aidan’s Heart Foundation announced legislation to make our schools safer for students. Senator Katie Muth, former athletic director and fearless champion of these bi-partisan efforts, introduced SB512 to require AEDs and emergency action plans in all schools, and SB513 to ensure that coaches are certified in CPR.
It’s National HCM Awareness Day: Help Nick Share His Story While He Waits for a New Heart
An EKG test can literally save a life. The test is easy, there’s no pain, and you can get some information and figure things out. You can also protect other family members; when (the tests) find something in one person, they can find it in other people in the same bloodline.
32-year-old Nicholas Madrigale talks about the importance of heart screenings and teaching CPR+AED skills as he awaits a heart transplant at HUP. Nick has been living with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, since he was five years old. Today is National HCM Awareness Day. Please make a donation toward Aidan’s Heart Foundation’s heart screening efforts in Nick’s honor.
Downingtown 6th Grade Students Train & Get Certified in CPR + AED
“Studies have shown that, by 6th grade, most students have the body mass to effectively deliver CPR compressions.” At Aidan’s Heart Foundation, we believe in changing the culture of cardiac emergency preparedness by empowering our youth with simple, life-saving...
Aidan’s Heart Foundation Checks 116 Young Hearts, Finds 6 At Risk: Warwick High School Heart Screening Event, 12/02/2022
On Friday, December 2, Aidan’s Heart checked the hearts of 116 high school athletes. Although the national average for identifying life-threatening cardiac conditions through EKG testing is 1 in 300, we found significant abnormalities in 6 of the 116 students we screened.
Aidan’s Heart and Sen. Muth Announce Comprehensive Pilot Program for AEDs in PA Schools
Although Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the number one cause of death among student athletes on school property, AEDs are not yet required in PA schools. Senator Katie Muth, a former athletic trainer, is determined to change that. And she wants to do it the right way, by providing a comprehensive program to best ensure that AEDs are accessible and that school staff know how to use them.
Sean and Aidan’s Hearts Live On in Cape May
[SOURCE: Article originally written by Kacie Rattigan, Press of Atlantic City] Monique St. John lost her husband, Sean Patrick Dougherty, ten years ago from heart issues and, ultimately, Sudden Cardiac Arrest. She was looking to do something to honor his legacy when...
Call-Push-Shock Partners Urge the Public to Learn CPR and How to Use AEDs to Help Save Lives
Sharing this press release with permission from Parent Heart Watch. Original press release posted here. Parent Heart Watch and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, co-sponsors of the Call-Push-Shock movement—along with 50 co-partners—urge the public to learn CPR and how...
Ceremonial First Pitch at Phillies Game – April 27, 2022
Tremendous thanks to Phillies Charities, Inc. for selecting our foundation as a recent beneficiary, and for the giving the high honor of throwing out the first pitch of Wednesday night's game to Aidan's mother, Christy Marshall Silva and siblings Devin, Quentin and...