SADS Awareness Update
September, 2010
Upcoming Events

4th Annual Christie's Heartoberfest -Ballston Lake, NY -September 18, 2010

Layton Oktoberfest -Colorado Springs, CO -September 18, 2010

Sing it for SADS 2 -Dunmore, PA -September 25, 2010

Seminar: Preventing SCD in the Young -Nova Scotia, Canada -October 2, 2010

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Day on The Hill -October 5, 2010 Washington, D.C.

Heart to Heart Conference -London, England -October 23, 2010

To add to your special fund-raising event please contact Laura or call 800-786-7723.

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This quarter of Keeping Hearts Beating is the annual SADS Safe Schools campaign. Here's some news from the campaign and what you can do to raise awareness in schools and your community.
Calling All Moms!
The third quarter of Keeping Hearts Beating focuses on schools.  Since school is where children spend the majority of their time, the majority of the year, it is the most important place to raise awareness and ensure our children are in fact, safe.  Do you have a child that might be interested in an awareness activity for their school such as handing out wristbands, or giving a small presentation?  If so, contact Adrienne at Adrienne@sads.org or call 800-786-7723. 

It's not too late to order your materials for the 2010 SADS Safe Schools campaign!

Two of the SADS Foundation families, the Layton's and Tolosky's are each hosting their annual Oktoberfests this Saturday September 18.  In the spirit of joining together, they have come up with the idea to have a collective toast.

This Saturday (September 18), in honor of friends and families of those affected by SADS, please raise a toast to the SADS Foundation at 5:00 - wherever you are, and whatever you're having.
ToastThen jump on facebook and tell us where you are!

We have events happening around the globe this weekend, and want to send them all the best.

Where's Bob? Almost Home

The SADS Foundation had the pleasure of meeting Bob DeVries at a special SADS Awareness night at the Salt Lake Bees(the AAA affiliate of the Anaheim Angels)game on September 4th.  Bob was the special guest and even threw out the first pitch of the game! 
SLC AED Presentation
AED presentation at the SLC Bees game

The night ended with a special presentation of an AED to the Bees baseball team, graciously donated by Cardiac Science. 

See photos from Bob's visit to Salt Lake City.

NY Group
Families and friends at "the apple" at the Mets game
On September 10th, Bob was in New York at the New York Mets game.  Over 60 families, friends, and corporate sponsors found Bob at Citifield to watch the Mets play the Phillies.  What a great turn out! 

See photos from Bob's visit to New York.

This Saturday September 18th is Bob's final game in Florida at the Sun Life Stadium to watch the Marlins take on the Cubs. He'll be meeting families there for a tailgate party before the game.

After this weekend, Bob will have completed his 2010 quest of visiting all 30 ballparks in one season.  We at the SADS Foundation have been truly moved by Bob's passion and dedication to raising awareness in the name of his wife, Shawn. 
We want to thank Bob for all that he has done and wish him the best in the baseball off season.
SLC Group
Families and friends at the SLC game.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition
The SADS Foundation is a proud steering committee member of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition.  The SCA Coalition will be hosting a Day on Capitol Hill this October 5, 2010 and you and your family are invited!

The day will include journalism awards to Forbes Magazine and Sports Illustrated for their outstanding work in raising awareness of SCA.  Also included will be an award to Congress member Rep. Sutton for advocating on behalf of SCA as well as a speech from an SCA survivor. 
To RSVP for this event, contact Adrienne or call 800-786-7723.

Other Awareness News
SADS volunteers are creative in the ways they spread awareness in their community.  Here's what a few volunteers are up to:
  • Maureen Shulman of Shrub Oak, NY has enlisted to clean 1/2 mile of the side of the road for 2 years in return for a sign to be posted with SADS information.  Here's what Maureen had to say, "I think it is quite humorous that Kerry Ann has been gone 4 years and I am still cleaning up in her memory."
    Thanks for all that you do, Maureen!

  • A family friend of Joe Wambach of Charlotte, NC is hosting a family portrait session to raise funds and public awareness for the SADS Foundation in memory of his daughter Abbey's birthday. Abbey passed away on November 22, 2009 at the age of 10 from an undiagnosed SADS condition.

  • Many of you replied to last month's newsletter to order wristbands.  Wristbands are a fun way to get the message across and everyone loves them!  Perfect for any school event.  To order your wristbands, contact Adrienne or click here.

Have a great awareness idea?  Email Adrienne!  Don't forget to send us pictures of your awareness efforts and we'll put them on our website.
If you are interested in becoming an awareness campaign volunteer, e-mail Adrienne or call 1-800-STOP-SAD (786-7723). 

Alice, Laura, Joanne, Heidi, and Adrienne
SADS Foundation