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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: Aidan's Heart Foundation is committed to providing awareness, education, and support to the communities of the Southeast Pennsylvania region and it's surrounding area to create heart-safe communities for youth regarding the prevention of and/or response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Results: To date we have accomplished the following: -Placed 89 AEDs in the community -Trained 6,100 kids and 550 adults in CPR & how to use an Automated Defibrillator (AED) -Screened 2,100 kids ages 5-19 that includes an EKG heart screening which identifies underlying heart conditions that can lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Target demographics: Kids age 5-19

Geographic areas served: Providing heart-safe communities in Southeastern Pennsylvania

Programs: To providing awareness, education, and support to the communities of the Southeast Pennsylvania region and its surrounding area to create heart-safe communities for youth regarding the prevention of and/or response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Aidan's Heart Foundation has been an incredible experience for me. I have have so many opportunities to refine my communication, collaboration and public speaking skills. It has been an experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I feel that working with the foundation has strengthened my character and taught me how important community outreach truly is.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am also a parent who has lost a son to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. I have my own Foundation in memory of my son. Therefore, I know how much work it takes to run a non-profit.
Through the Matthew Krug Foundation and Parent Heart Watch, I have worked with Aidan's Heart Foundation for several years. I am so impressed with how much work the Foundation has accomplished while the leaders have raised their family. I am also amazed, and a bit jealous, with how much support they have gotten from their community. To me that speaks volumes about Aidan's family and their friends. Through AED donations, heart screenings and CPR/AED training, they have saved many lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Aidan's Heart Foundation is a rapidly growing and impactful organization in our community. They work tirelessly to raise awareness about the real possibility of sudden cardiac arrest in our youth. In addition, they train hundreds of people in CPR and proper AED equipment usage to save lives. We are so fortunate to witness their fine work and meaningful results of their effort.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family first participated in the 5k for Aidan in 2014 and it was such an eye opening experience for us. To see the posters and read about all the kids that have passed from SCA, it amazes us what great work Christy Silva has done in the name of her son. There is such an awareness now in our community and beyond thanks to countless hours she and all the volunteers have given to Aidan's Heart Foundation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very thankful for the great work Aidan's Heart Foundation does for our community in keeping our kids heart-safe and bringing awareness to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Because of this amazing Foundation, many lives will be saved by providing accessible AEDs in the community, training our youth how to perform CPR and how to use an AED, and providing free community heart screenings to our youth ages 5-19.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I volunteered at the Aidan J. 5K Run/Walk for Heart-Safe Communities two years ago. Last year, I volunteered and I had another amazing time volunteering. I am so impressed with how they bring awareness to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, #1 cause of death in student athletes. They placed 89 AEDs in the community, provide free community heart screenings to thousand of youths in the community and trained over 6,000 kids how to save lives. This year their 5K scheduled 6/20/20 was cancelled due to the pandemic. I am looking forward to volunteering again for the 2021 5K Event!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aiden’s Heart Foundation has changed the lives of the members of our community. We are truly more educated and aware of the need for AED’s and how they can save lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The fifth grade class at Brandywine Wallace Elementary School partnered with Aidan’s Heart Foundation for their fundraising project of raising money to provide an AED in the community. The owners and I were touched and thankful that our new child care center was selected as the recipient of the AED. The students achieved their goal and we happily welcomed our AED at the The Learning Experience in Downingtown yesterday! Thank you to Aidan’s Heart Foundation for your commitment to creating heart safe communities. TLE is grateful and that much safer because of you!
Thank you,
Kari Ann Perez
Director - The Learning Experience Downingtown

Debbie S.14

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Parkesburg POINT Youth Center received AED's from Aiden's Heart for adults as well as pads for children. The POINT serves youth ages 8-18 years old so the child's pads are helpful. Since we rely on over 400 volunteers, many over 65 years of age, an AED was much needed plus to serve our kids as well. We are very grateful to Aiden's Heart for making The POINT a safer place for our kids.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been privileged to work with Aidan's Heart Foundation since its early days and I am amazed at the growth and impact it has had on the community and in neighboring communities. The Foundation hascontinued to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest in our youth, they have trained thousands of people in CPR and AED usage and they have donated dozens of life saving AEDs. As a sudden cardiac arrest survivor and as the national vice-chair of Parent Heart Watch, I am very grateful for their dedication to our mission of saving young lives locally and across the nation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mom and I started running the Aidan's Heart 5k race last year. Aidan's story is truly an inspiring one and his family's turn on this tragic event is astonishing. I am in awe of the compassion shown everyday day by Aidan's family and the workers there.

Jeff T.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Christy and her volunteer team at Aidan's Heart Foundation does so much for the local community. From training thousands of sixth grade students in the Downingtown school district on CPR+AED over the past 6 years, to helping raise the awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in children.

AHF has also provided life saving AEDs to over 80 local businesses, schools, organizations and sports leagues in the southeast Pennsylvania region, with a main focus of sports fields and businesses in the Downingtown area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aidan's Heart Foundation has worked tirelessly to create heart safe communities. The work they do involves educating others on Cardiac Arrest and on CPR and AED use, offering trainings on how to do CPR and use an AED and organizing heart screenings for children and adults. Aidan's Heart is so important to me because I have suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest and it is through this organization I am able to give back to those who were prepared and had the knowledge to do CPR and use an AED on me.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Aidan's Heart partnered with our organization, Marsh Creek Eagles, as we looked to expand our safety program. Christy and her team provided hands-on training for AED & CPR to our Coaches, players & parents. The feedback I received from everyone that attended was overwhelmingly positive. We can't thank Aidan's Heart enough!

Jenna Selander K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful event with an amazing cause! Fast, flat & shady course... also 1 mile walk for families!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My organization, Energage, and our employees have been involved with Aidan's Heart Foundation for two years now, through sponsorship with their annual 5K. They are so involved in the local community to promote their mission of raising awareness and education about sudden cardiac arrest in children. The 5K is just one example of they they involve the local community and businesses in a mission that is so important, but often not talked about.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with Aidan's Heart Foundation from the beginning. My business has sponsored events, my whole family has volunteered at events, and I have helped plan an organize events. My favorite moments with this organization are when I see the community response. At a 5K event a mom came to me and shared that her daughter was screened at one of our heart screenings and a condition was found that the family had no idea existed. Because of Aidan's Heart Foundation this young lady is being monitored and this family can now manage her condition, avoiding possible sudden cardiac arrest. At another event we had visitors from almost 2 hours away: a fire department who didn't get enough funding for all their equipment applied to AHF and were granted an AED for their fire truck. They were so grateful for the donation.
I continue to volunteer and continue to donate my time as a board member because I'm excited about the next event and the next person whose life will be saved because of Aidan's Heart Foundation.

1 Laura R.4

Donor

Rating: 5

For the past few years, I've worked with Aidan's Heart Foundation to help promote the awareness of heart health. In partnership with my school, my art classes create artwork of their service work to help Aidan's Heart. This year they create postcards and I was thrilled that everyone at Aidan's Heart Foundation was able to print sets of postcards as a fundraiser! AHF is always willing to work with everyone in the community to find ways to promote the work of their amazing foundation to help more children and create an awareness for heart health!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aidan's Heart Foundation has made a significant difference in not only the community, but at the state level with their advocacy to protect young hearts. They are truly saving lives by offering free heart screenings for kids, and supplying parks and schools with AEDs. They have gone even further by making sure that kids in the Downingtown School District learn CPR when they pass through the sixth grade center. They are literally creating thousands of heart heroes who will be prepared to help save lives, and have single handedly educated our entire community about sudden cardiac arrest in an effort to prevent our kids from leaving us too soon.

1 Eileen T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aidan's Heart Foundation is an organization that is truly saving thousands of lives by building heart awareness. The organization is active in providing education and supplying public areas including schools and parks with AED's. The organization is active in changing laws to make our kids safer.

1 Tutunyou

Donor

Rating: 5

A fantastic organization!
Educating and helping others!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing event. Lots of very passionate leaders and participants. Event did a great job at involving the community and sparking awareness.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Aidan’s Heart Foundation for the past several years, first as a volunteer and now as a member of the Board of Directors. This has given me two unique experiences with AHF, and I’m delighted and proud to say that both experiences have been overwhelmingly positive. The Silva family experienced unthinkable tragedy in 2010 when 7-year-old Aidan suffered sudden cardiac arrest. The sadness, despair and anger that they no doubt experienced was channeled into creating this wonderful, caring and impactful organization. AHF is dedicated to educating the public about how to prevent sudden cardiac arrest through Pennsylvania legislation, informative outreach and free pediatric heart screenings. Furthering the mission, AHF has taught thousands how to perform CPR and use an AED, and has even donated dozens of AEDs to local communities. The public, especially our children, are much safer thanks to Aidan’s Heart Foundation!

1 Heather Mangold O.

Donor

Rating: 5

We wanted to have donations made to Aidan’s Heart in liu of flowers when my dad passed. I contacted the foundation and they had a drop down option there in a couple of hours and everyone has told me how happy they are to donate and how easy the process was. This is a fantastic organization. I am honored to be able to support them.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

We sponsored them for their 5k and they are the nicest, hardest working people! Looking forward to next year.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since the first time I was introduced to Christy and her team, it was evident that this is an organization with a purpose and mission. It has been wonderful to watch the momentum of Aidan's Heart continue to grow. The enthusiasm that the children who are learning CPR and how to use the Heart Stimulation equipment is amazing. Aidan's Heart Foundation is one organization that surely gives back to the community where we live, play and raise our families.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

We are working with Aidan's Hearts Foundation to help educate the public on proper CPR and AED usage. We are the leading distributor of AEDs in the US and are thrilled to be part of this Foundation. It has been a pleasure to work with Aidan's Heart and the people that make them so successful!

Patti Rubo
Business Development
Allied 100, LLC (dba AED Superstore)
800-544-0048
fax-888-364-2377
www.aedsuperstore.com

1 Loraine T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great 5k for an awesome cause. Very organized, wonderful baskets auctioned and incredible silent auctions available. So many activities for kids. Just a very fun day for people of all ages while educating those about proper training. Great job to the entire team.