How one woman turned devastation into hope | #WhyItMatters

DOWNINGTON, PA — In life, we all face some time of adversity or tragedy that affects us personally. Many spend time pondering the Why?, but few move past the Why to the How? In the face of the most devastating loss of her life, Christy Silva dared to ask that question. And because of it, lives are being saved today. …

How one mom changed a community’s heart for SCA Prevention | #WhyItMatters

BAKERSFIELD, CA — Death is a sobering reality in life. Sadly, it is often one of the greatest motivators of change. This was the case for Bakersfield, CA, and its surrounding communities. It wasn’t until a Sudden Cardiac Arrest related death hit close to home that years of advocacy finally paid off. Today, there are over 100 AED’s in the Kern …

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Changing the Culture, Saving Lives | #WhyItMatters

BALTIC, SOUTH DAKOTA — Ann Thompson didn’t know teens could have a heart problem. Her family had never been trained in CPR.  She’d never even heard of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, nor knew of any risk for it. But when her seemingly healthy son Adam collapsed and died suddenly in 2012, her life forever changed. Now, she and her family are …

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How One Michigan Mom Is Keeping Young Dreams Alive | #WhyItMatters

FLUSHING, MI —At seventeen years old, Tommy Smith thought he had his whole life ahead of him. College was on the horizon as he looked ahead to a career as a physical therapist. Those dreams were tragically cut short in January of 2011 when Tommy died from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest event, due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Today, his …

How Play with Heart Protects Colorado Hearts | #WhyItMatters

DENVER, CO — More than 12,000 kids die every year from a hidden heart condition. That’s a sobering statistic. One that prompted Rich Perse and his wife Nancy to take action. They knew these Sudden Cardiac Arrest deaths were preventable. They had no immediate connection to any SCA victims yet felt the weight these families likely experienced. Nancy, a cardiac …