Tomorrow Evening: "Preventing Death in Young Athletes" on Showtime
The Parent Heart Watch 11th Annual National Conference in Orlando this past January served as a backdrop for the 60 Minutes Sports crew as they began filming a segment about preventing death in young athletes.
Producers were on hand throughout the two-day conference, filming and talking with PHW members. According to Board Chair Martha Lopez-Anderson, the crew dove head first into the subject matter. "We spent hours sharing our personal stories and then discussing the awareness and prevention work we do to prevent this from happening to other families".
Keynote Speaker Moved by Parent Heart Watch Mission
Kyle Bryant, the keynote speaker at the 11th Annual
National Conference in Orlando this past January, was diagnosed at age 17 with a rare,
debilitating and life-shortening disease, called Friedrich's Ataxia. From the stage, in his wheelchair, Kyle spoke of his own challenges, while recognizing what those attending the conference had been through and were attempting to do.
"I am incredibly inspired by Parent Heart Watch and all its members who, in the face of unthinkable loss, continue to move forward in their mission to save the lives of kids and families who come after them"
In the following weeks, he wrote a moving blog about SCA in youth which was featured on the Huffington Post website. Kyle inspires us to continue our mission of protecting youth from sudden cardiac arrest.
PHW Welcomes Three New Board Members
The PHW Board of Directors continues to grow with the addition of Scott Stephens, John Ehinger and Ashlee Valavala.
Scott is the CEO of Stephens & Associates, Inc, a real estate appraisal business in Texas. Stephens lost his son Cody in 2012. Since then, he has been passionate about protecting our children from SCA. Combined with his extensive business, civic and fundraising background, Scott is an incredible asset to PHW.
John is the Chief Executive Officer of CardioReady, a company that offers turn-key certified cardiac emergency response programs to organizations worldwide. John received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and brings a wealth of marketing and business acumen to PHW.
Ashlee is an experienced fund development manager who currently works for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Houston. Her expertise in development is a significant development experience to Parent Heart Watch.
Bringing Your Passion to the National Spotlight
When PHW attends national events, it is the stories and work of our members and supporters that comprises the message we share. PHW has been very busy the last two months attending national meetings and conferences on SCA in youth. The Cardiac Safety Research Consortium (CSRC) hosted the
2nd Annual Think Tank on Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death in the Young on February 18 in Miami. The topic centered on heart screenings and how to best collect and store data that will help define the parameters for normal ECG in youth. Two working groups will work throughout the year to move this initiative forward.
PHW Board Chair Martha Lopez-Anderson attended a meeting of the
National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention in Atlanta on March 15. Martha was recently appointed to the advisory committee of the newly formed center.
PHW also attended the 2nd Collaborative Solutions for Safety in Sports
Left to Right: Dr. Brian Hainline, Chief Medical Director NCAA Martha Lopez-Anderson, Chair PHW Board of Directors and Dr. Jonathan Drezner, Past President AMSSM
meeting hosted by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) on March 22-23 in Indianapolis at the NCAA headquarters. Martha was a keynote speaker and presented "A Personal Story: Turning Tragedy Into Triumph" which chronicled her journey from the loss of her son Sean to her involvement with Parent Heart Watch to her work saving young lives from SCA.