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Posted on 05/13/2010 @ 01:29 PM

The office is “unusually” quiet today.  Everyone quiet in their own thoughts, I’m sure, while continuing to work passionately on “screening hearts and saving lives”.

I find myself taking a moment to reflect on where I have been and where I am today.  I have been in a parent’s worst nightmare, the loss of a child.  Today, I work diligently to educate parents about the facts and affects Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndromes can have on our youth.

If it were a perfect world, I would love to see every child’s heart in America screened.  Just imagine how we could affect the death rate of our youth!  But, there are some more influential than myself continuing to say that this disease state is “rare” and that saving the life of even “one” child is not cost-effective!  My guess is that it’s easy to hide to behind words.

Even as I sit here today, 20 children will die from a Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndrome  — 20!

In knowing that statistic alone, I sit here today PROUD of what “WE” are doing!  I am proud of the people that surround me, who stand with me and support me in this mission.  We believe that ONE child is too many when there IS a cost-effective solution.

As you find yourself in a state of reflection, I ask you to stand with me and beside me and support me by helping  spread awareness and education to this disease state; help support the “SafeBeat Initiative” through donations to bring preventive heart screening to as many youth in this country as possible!   Help “screen hearts and save lives”.   Saving a life, especially one of a child, is one of  the proudest things any one can do!  If we don’t do this, who will???  How many more children need to die???  How many more mothers and fathers have to live their worst nightmare???

Cardiac Arrhythmia Syndromes are “preventable and treatable”.  I refuse to continue to see families live their worst nightmare.  I want to see families enjoy the long, happy, healthy lives that children can live after detection of this disease state so they, too, can be PROUD of what “they” do in this world!