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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Health, Public Health, Safety Education

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: 1. Increase the rate of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from 30% to 50% within 5 years; 2. Increase the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public places within 5 years (increase from

Target demographics: raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and save lives

Direct beneficiaries per year: tens of thousands of people with information resources, thousands with an online community, and dozens of survivors and family members with 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. An online registry of SCA survivors; 4. Educational materials targeted to secondary schools and colleges.

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27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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!

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!

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!

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!