John Mack Foundation is now a proud member of Parent Heart Watch!
Parent Heart Watch is the national voice protecting youth from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and preventable Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD). Parent Heart Watch leads and empowers others by sharing information, educating and advocating for change.
Parent Heart Watch was founded by four mothers who lost a seemingly healthy child to sudden cardiac arrest. They came together from different parts of the country, to honor their children’s memory. From this grassroots movement sprang a national organization dedicated to protecting youth from SCA. Since 2005, Parent Heart Watch has continued to tell the true stories of the devastation SCA has on our youth, as well as stories of survivors who are alive because of primary or secondary prevention strategies.
Their comprehensive education and compelling best practice models have inspired the creation of model primary and secondary prevention programs in nearly every state and over 100 communities across the nation, impacting more than a million youth and counting. Their programs drive the national dialogue on youth SCA/SCD prevention, with PHW continually working to motivate education, sports, medical and policy-making stakeholders to address the issue.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the #1 killer of student athletes and contributes to the #2 medical cause of death for those under 25. SCA is the leading cause of death on school campuses.
The biggest misconception about SCA is that “it just happens” and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. The truth is that sudden cardiac arrest is preventable.
Working to eliminate preventable deaths from sudden cardiac arrest in youth by 2030, they promote The Prevention Promise, a national call-to-action designed to educate and empower caregivers and communities to raise awareness, practice prevention and be prepared to save a life.
We are proud to be a member of Parent Heart Watch to protect and save lives. John Mack’s story is included with the Parent Heart Watch Stories of the Heart.
We have featured some of the great work that Parent Heart Watch does on our website’s news section. See “Parent Heart Watch – Understanding Sudden Cardiac Arrest & AEDs” for three short videos that Parent Heart Watch created to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and AEDs.
Parent Heart Watch is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For more information, see their website.