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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Heart & Circulatory System Diseases & Disorders, Public Health

Mission: 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 SCA and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA. Specifically, we envision that our efforts will help increase the rate of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from 30% to 50% within 5 years, increase the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before EMS arrival from 2% to 10% within 5 years, and help save lives.

Target demographics: General public, sudden cardiac arrest patients and families, media

Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds of thousands of people with information resources via our website, bimonthly newsletters and social media outreach; thousands of people in our online community; and dozens of survivors and family members at national workshops.

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: 1. A comprehensive information clearinghouse on sudden cardiac arrest; 2. An online community for people personally affected by SCA to share experiences and provide mutual support; 3. Public awareness and messaging research; 4. Educational materials targeted to secondary schools and colleges.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is an absolute gem among the non profit world! There is a tiny but mighty crew that serves a growing GLOBAL network of sudden cardiac arrest survivors, loved ones connected to SCA, and super heroes striving to create more lives saved from SCA.Through faithful stewardship of Mary Newman, the SCAF helps to educate, inspire, advocate, and champion more lives saved. The organization has grown year over year in its impact and outreach. Presently, the SCAF is changing lives across the globe and helping to lead an otherwise underserved industry in a meaningful way.Whether you are a seasoned volunteer, or a loved one seeking answers - the SCAF welcomes all into a growing community of advocates through personalized, empathetic connection. As aa survivor and volunteer - I cannot say enough to express my appreciation for this fully necessary non profit. THE SCAF is the GOAT!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has been a pillar of support and a tremendous resource since surviving my event in May of 2014. Their major focus of increasing public awareness and stressing the importance of bystander intervention has helped save many lives. This great nonprofit has inspired my entire family to become trained by the American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR & AED Program.

I am truly honored to be a member of this outstanding nonprofit organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hundreds of people across America die needlessly every day from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) essentially because the public does not understand the critical role that they MUST play in order to give the victim of SCA any significant chance of survival. SCA can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender. In most cases, the victim has no history of heart disease. SCA is unexpected. It strikes without warning.
The critical role that the public, YOU!, must play translates into the following key steps:
1. Call 911 immediately to get help (EMS) on the way;
2. Start CPR to increase the victim's chance of survival when EMS arrives;
(In the words of Mitchell Brown, former Director of Public Safety for Columbus, Ohio, "Even if EMS arrives at the scene within an average of seven minutes, in most cases the victim’s fate is determined before the paramedic arrives.”)
3. If available, quickly apply a relatively simple consumer "heart-shocker" (called an AED) to "jump start" the heart. It talks you through the steps!
(Note: A "heart-shocker" AED is essentially the same equipment that EMS will use to try to save the victim as soon as they get to your house or office. If you have an AED and use it even just a minute or two before EMS arrives, the victim's chances of survival are increased.)

I support and endorse the SCA Foundation for two major reasons:
1. Their tireless work promoting and educating the public in the important lifesaving steps above, AND
2. Their demonstrated expertise and compassion in celebrating the lives of individuals who have been saved, as well as those family members who stepped forward and took the valiant critical steps of calling 911, kneeling down and performing CPR, and using an AED. The Foundation’s survivor network is a testament to the fact that bystander action makes a difference.

The work of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is indeed vital. The organization works with passion and persistence to raise awareness about this life-threatening condition—encouraging the public to learn how to save a life by starting CPR and using AEDs, encouraging widespread deployment of AEDs, and supporting people affected by sudden cardiac arrest.

As a researcher who has studied bystander intervention and helped develop CPR and AED training programs, I believe the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s work is outstanding.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has been there for me since my husband's SCA survival in 2012. I was completely traumatized after giving him CPR and having his life in my hands, literally. SCA Foundation has been rich source of information, has connected us with other families who are also dealing with life after SCA and allows us to pay forward our gift of life in many ways. Honestly, SCA Foundation has been my CPR, breathing life and purpose back into me after that challenging morning now 7 years ago. I owe a big part of my own recovery to the support, insights, kindness and community that SCA Foundation provides. Thank you SCA Foundation for being there for people like me and helping to turn adversity into promise.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a survivor of SCA 11 years ago and having utilized CPR to save two SCA victims lives, I am indebted to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation for its tireless work to promote education relating to SCA, supporting SCA survivors and family members and for giving all surivivors and families a voice in saving lives. I was honored to join the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Board of Directors 1.5 years ago. I believe the Board is giving me and other survivors, an avenue to change the culture of performing CPR and using an AED on SCA victims and insuring that Sudden Cardiac Arrest as the number 1 killer in the USA, becomes a "household" word.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent help given in educating and allowing us to purchase AED. for our West Bend Senior center.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

After losing my son to sudden cardiac arrest in 2007, our family started a nonprofit in his memory dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has been an valuable source of information on this topic and has supported us in a number of initiatives over the past 12 years. The organizations knowledge of sudden cardiac arrest is second to none. I can honestly say that the success of our own foundation can be attributed in a large part to the help, support, research and information provided by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a LIFE-SAVER! As a Survivor of SCA, I have seen how they help spread the word on Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the only way to reverse it--by showing how important it is to know how to do CPR and how to use an AED. They showed me the importance of "playing it forward" in showing how to help other people be as lucky as I was!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a tremendous organization for those of us who have "died and lived to tell about it." Even though most of us have never met, the SCAF gives us an opportunity to be connected and to share our experiences and feelings about our life-changing event. Many of us did not really realize just how lucky we are. The information and awareness that is spread with this group's efforts is making a BIG difference in the rising rate of sudden cardiac arrest survival. Stories of other survivors have helped in my CPR/AED teaching in getting students to realize what a difference they can make in helping to save lives!

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thanks, Butch and Susie!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I give the SCAF my highest rating. When I had my cardiac arrest (and survived), the SCAF was there to serve as an advocacy group to promote awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and increase the availability and accessibility of AEDs. The SCAF has encouraged me to develop as an advocate and become a board member. Our president, Mary Newman, is totally dedicated to reducing death from SCA and is indefatigable.

Heather179

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became involved with the SCA Foundation after losing my Mother to SCA December 2012. I had no idea at all about Cardiac Arrest. Everyone need's to be informed, such a short window of time for CPR.

Robert113

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As a SCA survivor, June 27, 2013, I owe my life to my son who did CPR on me until the paramedics got there and to the paramedics who continued CPR when they could not shock my heart back into a beat, until I got to the hospital. If it wasn't for them, the doctors at the hospital, and God I would not be here today. This is what made me join the SCA Foundation.

CarissaO

Advisor

Rating: 4

I have worked for more than a decade on raising awareness for sudden cardiac arrest and its impact on our communities. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has been tireless in its energy and efforts to educate and inspire. Their SCA Survivor Network is a constant source of inspiration for increasing community education and access to the tools and resources needed to improve nationwide survival. The Foundation has partnered with the organizations on the front lines of community health and then activated a network of survivors, advocates and volunteers who are as passionate about the cause as they are. The result is a nonprofit whose work is entirely focused on driving its mission forward.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a great organization. They help to promote awareness to the general public as well as provide exceptional advise and information through articles made available to the public. Having helped work a cardiac arrest patient, I know how important it is to promote CPR training in the community (thanks to early CPR from an informed neighbor, this particular patient survived to tell his story today), which the SCA was kind enough to offer pro bono. The more people that know CPR and basic first aid skills, the more lives we can save.

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a privilege to be affiliated with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF) for the past several years. The foundation is truly there to spread the word to everyone about Sudden Cardiac Arrest and its devastating effects on our society. The foundation is not only a great resource for survivors through the Survivor Network but also a place where families and other loved ones can ask tough questions about SCA. I have many friends and colleagues that have turned to me for answers about the latest SCA treatment or therapy because of my affiliation with this industry-leading foundation.

SCAF is also a place where responders can turn to help spread the message. Many of us who work in emergency care/public safety are passionate about SCA Awareness and AEDs but our voice isn't loud enough on its own to get the word out. SCAF has always been passionate about working with smaller groups and individuals to help get the word out.

I was recently involved in a Survivor/Rescuer Reunion Ceremony in Pittsburgh, PA. There is nothing better than having the opportunity to see the survivor passionately hug each of the rescuers. This man collapsed during Christmas dinner and was resuscitated with an AED from the local FD. He made a full recovery and made a moving speech at the ceremony in February 2013. The Foundations worked closely with the local responders and dignitaries to ensure that everyone was recognized for their efforts that day. They helped to raise awareness by using their media contacts to have the story covered by a myriad of print and television media.

The President of SCAF, Mary Newman, is a household name in emergency medicine and in SCA Awareness groups around the country. No matter what conference I attend all I have to do is mention Mary and everyone knows about her work for the SCAF. Mary is an integral part of SCAF and a true leader.

I absolutely endorse SCAF and all the work they do to make our society a safer, healthier place to live.

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thank you for all you do for the Foundation! You are truly a hero for saving a life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with the SCA Foundation last year after responding to a cardiac arrest call with my fire department in Penn Hills, PA, where the crew successfully utilized an AED to resuscitate a 63-year old man who had collapsed after dinner on Christmas night. Seeing first hand that quick CPR from a neighbor, quick defibrillation by the FD, and advanced care from responding paramedics really works - it was clear that community education and training truly can make a difference. Doctors and researchers have worked decades to provide tools to save lives - but perhaps the most important tool - awareness - is being provided by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. By providing community education & awareness, the SCA Foundation is making a difference world-wide in saving lives.

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thank you for volunteering! You are truly a hero for saving a life!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation (SCAF) is an excellent resource for people who have suffered cardiac arrest and their family and friends. They have wonderful and dedicated leadership who put forth 100% effort to be active in the community, raise awareness, and keep their website and newsletters current. They continue to seek ways to better serve those who have been touched by cardiac arrest and have a wealth of information available for those who want to be active in their own communities. People from all over the world have found this group on the web and joined its membership, demonstrating the importance and relevance of it. The personable and passionate leaders make this nonprofit successful.

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thank you!

Dorothee H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I represent Project Heart Start , a movement in New Mexico dedicated to the education of every capable person to be trained in CPR and the use of AEDs. I have contacted the SCA Foundation to explore ways to partner with them and found them to be very passionate and open to discuss options. I believe that our organizations compliment one another and that we can work together on a larger scale in the future.

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thank you, Dorothee!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation does an outstanding job of raising the awareness of sudden cardiac arrest. Furthermore, the foundation helped me suceed in my senior project of learning more about sudden cardiac arrest and putting it into action by helping me set up an EKG screening. I definitely had a life changing experience volunteering for the foundation last year and it made me even more aware about how SCD effects lives.

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thanks, Alyssa. It was great to have your help!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation serves the public in so many ways. It offers support to those whose lives have been affected by sudden cardiac arrest. Survivors and rescuers alike are honored by this organization for their amazing stories. The community is served with numerous educational opportunities, financial support advice, and their endless drive and determination to place AED's everywhere. I was first introduced to this wonderful organization in 2003 when my 17 year old son saved the life of a man at a high school basketball game with an AED. That is a day we will never forget. Since then, the SCA Foundation and my son have formed a bond and work hard at educating all to the importance of AED's in all public places. The SCA Foundation works so hard to fight for public access AED's and is a vital organization to all communities. The price we would have to pay without an organization like SCA Foundation is a life and no one can afford that!

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thanks, Beth!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of the SCAF since its inception and I can personally attest to the good work they have done over the years.

I, myself, am a survivor of cardiac arrest, so I know the devastation that a victim experiences. The SCAF has been instrumental in my psychological recovery from an event that, at the age of 49, could have haunted me the rest of my life. My interaction with other survivors has given me a perspective that can't be gained in talking with anyone who has not gone through the experience. These conversations made me realize that, under doctor's care and with proper medication, I don't have to live in fear of the next incident.

Having worked with many other nonprofits, I know the importance of public awareness and fundraising in disease control. The SCAF has done a admirable job in both areas. Director Mary Newman is a dedicated and talented writer of grant proposals as well as a media-savvy leader in the process to let more people know that knowledge of the cause of cardiac arrest and the swift action of anyone at the scene, can save thousands of lives a year.

The people at the SCAF believe in what they do and know what they are doing. That is an unbeatable combination in the effort to save lives.

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thanks, AJ!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been honored to help as a volunteer for the SCA foundation for many years. The foundation is a wonderful outlet for survivors who are interested to connect with other survivors, and support one another. The foundation also raises awareness for those not familiar what exactly a sudden cardiac arrest is and how important CPR and AEDs are to help save lives. The foundation does this through attending many conferences, taking part in 5k walks, 50/50 raffles at Pittsburgh Penguins games, and the Maggie Dixon Health Fair being just some examples. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a wonderful organization and I am proud to be a part of it.

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thank you for all your help over the years!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a national nonprofit that works each and every day to educate the public and connect those who have been touched by SCA. I have seen first hand this organization's ability to bring comfort to survivors and their families to let them know they are not alone with the feelings and issues they are dealing with and how to connect with others to grow and learn together. The SCA foundation provides the latest facts and research results to the media and public to help spread correct, factual awareness. They also provide a resource to families and friends of loved ones who have both been taken from us and lived to tell their stories- to help spread awareness in their own communities, whether it be via training classes, 5k walks, or video contests. They send newsletters to keep us informed of new research and new stories of both loss and survival. The SCA Foundation goes above and beyond in every aspect with compassion and dedication and a pure determination to raise awareness to save more lives.

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thank you for all your help over the years!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've helped out the SCA Foundation and believe they are the best for helping survivors connect and support each other. Mary is committed to raising awareness and ensuring more are saved from this #1 killer.
Survivors need a community of like minded souls to recover from the trauma of being one of the few. Providing a safe environment for them to collaborate and coordinate activities is a worthy and valuable endeavour. The SCA Survivor Network does just that.

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thank you so much for all your help!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Like many others, I had heard of situations where someone had suffered from Sudden Cardiac Arrest - and had often not survived It wasn't until I was personally involved in a situation that impacted me directly - that I discovered through speaking with members of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation and visiting their website - more than 300,000 people suffer from Sudden Cardiac Arrest each year - including young people, as was the case with my situation Given that this is a sudden, life threatening emergency, bystander support is critical, and may mean the difference between life and death Through this organization's education of the public, and their advocacy work - what they do directly impacts people's lives This is a very important organization, literally with a life saving mission - and is deserving of support in any way possible

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

You are truly a hero for saving a life!

David186

Board Member

Rating: 5

After I survived SCA 7 years ago, I wanted to become involved with an organization that would help others survive this survivable event. Admittedly at this point in time most folks do not survive SCA and I was indeed fortunate to have an AED present where my out of hospital event occurred with people who were not afraid to use it. That is what the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation does -we educate the public about SCA and that it is survivable, that AEDs are easy to use and should be available and present in as many public places and homes as possible. The more that we can distribute AEDs publicly in our offices, airports, health clubs, malls and wherever the public congregates, the more lives can be saved. The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation has a website and has distributed much in the way of printed material nationally towards this effort. We are proud of our work because more and more people are surviving SCA but we still have a road to travel to reach our goal. We need everyone's help to get there.

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thank you, David!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served with great pride on the Board for 2 years. The SCAF outreach to prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest through education and community programs is unparalleled. Through the "You Can Save a Life' programs for high schools and colleges we have reached out to our youth and the administrators of their facilities to educate them as to how easily the average person can take action to "save a life". Through our survivor network we hope to link those who share the experience of being a survivor so that they can help each other and medical practitioners better understand the life style changes they require and support they need as they live out a long and useful life. When you met a survivor it is clear there is a great need for SCAFs existence to continue the mission of awareness, education and access to life saving AEDs.

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thank you for all your support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Sudden Cardiac Survivor, I am grateful to be part of the SCAF family. The foundation not only provides support for me, but for my family members too. I am encouraged by the support they provide through fundraising, the up to date information they share and the philosophy behind creating awareness with hopes of saving precious lives across the U.S. I am touched by the stories that are shared regarding cardiac events. We, survivors (and our family members), are a unique bunch of individuals and I believe we deserve the opportunity to connect and support each other. The SCAF provides those opportunities for us! I am honored to be the volunteer coordinator for AZ affiliate and I strive to make connections with those who have had an experience similar to mine. Thank you SCAF-I appreciate your hard work, dedication and willingness to allow me to be part of a great organization!

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

We are happy you are part of the family!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to serve as a board member of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. Not only does the organization raise awareness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest, it also collaborates with other organizations to provide the necessary support to survivors.
Take a moment and imagine – If the fire alarm goes off in a building, you are more than likely to know how to approach the emergency exit. Now ask yourself, if someone was experiencing cardiac arrest would you know where the nearest AED was to administer CPR? Please take a moment to know the procedures in helping save a live. Know where the nearest AED is located, call 9-1-1 and help save a life.
Please help the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation by educating yourself and others about this life changing experience.
Thank you!!!
George Yamalis

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thank you!

Renee36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are so lucky to have the SCA Foundation in Pittsburgh, PA and that they are able to serve the whole US. The work that they do to help schools understand the need for all students to be prepared in Life Saving skills IS worth every dollar that they receive. It saves lives! The knowledge and skills that our Executive Director, Mary has propelled this organization to the top and the future looks better every year with her leadership. I had 3 family members pass away including my mother and 2 of her sisters, so it is important to me to continue our public awareness and get AED's in every place that we can.

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thanks, Renee!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation focuses on increasing public awareness that sudden cardiac arrest can occur in people of all ages and that simple bystander CPR techniques, if quickly implemented, can definitely save lives. Using creative and cost-effective techniques, the Foundation is educating an increasingly broad audience.

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation excels in providing informative material and a network across the United States and around the world for those Cardiac Arrest survivors and their families who have dealt with Sudden Cardiac Arrest. It is a fantastic resource for advocacy, news reporting, community and outreach and has an outreach that encompasses people acrosss the United States. We are fortunate to have this foundation in place for our family and now are actively involved in its growth to serve all of our communities with education, support and giving for Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

It's great to have you as part of the team!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

October 16, 2013

I have been involved with the SCA Foundation for more than three years. First and foremost, they help my public charity - slicc.org - accomplish our mission by serving both as an information resource and as an advocate for what we are trying to accomplish.

The SCA Foundation provides a terribly valuable service to the victims of a sudden cardiac arrest and to their families. The SCA Foundation provides a forum in which these people can interact with others in similar situations, with control of the extent of the interaction in the hands of the member.

Cardiac arrest survivors slowly transition through the first three years of their survival. Too often people assume that survivors are in one bucket. The truth that the SCA Foundation brings to the table is that the survivor's and their family members' outlooks are different and change with time.

I support the SCA Foundation, and so do our volunteers.

Bob Trenkamp, President
Saving Lives In Chatham County

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thank you, Bob!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"To save one life is as if to save the world." ~ The Talmud

Many families come to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation searching for education about SCA because they have lost a family member or friend to this condition. The loss is without warning ("sudden") and can strike any person at any age at any time with never a previous hint of heart disease. Sadly, not as many members of the general population are as aware of Sudden Cardiac Arrest as needs to be.

I have been affiliated with the SCA Foundation for the past 10 years. It is an organization that has done a remarkable job of raising awareness and saving lives. Whether you a Survivor of SCA or have suffered the loss of a loved one because of SCA - there is a place for you at the SCA Foundation.

If you are a Survivor of Sudden Cardiac Arrest - please visit the SCA Foundation website at: http://www.sca-aware.org/ and click on the "Survivor Network" box.

You will learn about the Survivor Network that "gives sudden cardiac arrest survivors an opportunity to find others who have been through similar life-changing events, share their experiences, and help one another during the healing process."

You will find a community of caring individuals in the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation that go out of their way to assist Survivors and their families in better understanding what SCA is and what it means to be a Survivor!

What abou those that have lost a family member or friend to this condition? You are welcomed and embraced here! Visit us online at: http://www.sca-aware.org/ Join us in our mission.

Ultimately, we envision a day when survival from sudden cardiac arrest is the norm, rather than the exception. The SCA Foundation is a great resource for education, prevention and support. How can you help?

It’s important for laypersons to undergo training in CPR and AED use because emergency personnel cannot always get to the victim’s side quickly enough. If you haven't taken a CPR-AED course it's a good idea to spend some time learning these fundamental lifesaving skills.

One of the most common reasons SCA victims do not survive is that bystanders hesitate to call 9-1-1, start CPR and use AEDs right away. If you want to save a life, get involved. Your actions can only help.

"To save one life is as if to save the world." ~ The Talmud

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mary.newman 10/31/2013

Thank you for these wonderful remarks and for all your volunteer help over the years.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is an organization that has done a remarkable job of raising awareness and saving lives. It is a great resource for education, prevention and support. Survivors of Sudden Cardiac Arrest have found a community of caring individuals in the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation that go out of their way to assist Survivors and their families in better understanding what SCA is and what it means to be a Survivor!

Sadly, not as many members of the general population are as aware of Sudden Cardiac Arrest as needs to be. Many families come to the SCA Foundation searching for education about SCA because they have lost a family member or friend to this condition. The loss is without warning ("sudden") and can strike any person at any age at any time with never a previous hint of heart disease.

How can you help?

It’s important for laypersons to undergo training in CPR and AED use because emergency personnel cannot always get to the victim’s side quickly enough. If you haven't taken a CPR-AED course it's a good idea to spend some time learning these fundamental lifesaving skills.

One of the most common reasons SCA victims do not survive is that bystanders hesitate to call 9-1-1, start CPR and use AEDs right away. If you want to save a life, get involved. Your actions can only help.

To learn more, please visit the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation at:
http://www.sca-aware.org

"To save one life is as if to save the world." ~ The Talmud

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can't begin to convey how much our organization benefits from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's work. Their National SCA Survivors Network not only provides a unique and vital service to people who have survived a Sudden Cardiac arrest, but the data they maintain has help my organization understand where we can get the largest return on our efforts in teaching Bystander CPR and AED use and in guiding the placement of Automated External Defibrillators ("AEDs") in the community. The SCA Foundation is also a valuable information resource. We frequently refer partners in other states to the foundation's AED resources - laws, suppliers, how-to's. Of particular help in educating the public are their resources for writers and editors: there has been a gradual improvement in the quality of reporting in the area of heart attacks and cardiac arrests.

I'm donating, and so are several of our volunteers!

Bob Trenkamp, President
Saving Lives In Chatham County