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February 21, 2008 
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Hi and welcome to the new year! The SADS Foundation hopes that this will be the best year yet for family awareness, education, and resources. We are confident you will too when you see what exciting things we have planned. Check them out!!

 Run For SADS!
 Medtronic Seeking Long-Distance Runners Benefiting from Medical Technology

Medtronic run Medtronic is now recruiting runners from around the world who benefit from medical device technology (those who run with an ICD) to participate in the third annual Medtronic Global Heroes program. The deadline for applications is April 2, 2008.

Up to 25 runners will be selected to receive two paid entries into the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or the Medtronic TC 10 Mile. Runners also will receive a travel package that covers airfare for the Global Hero, lodging and meal expenses. The 27th Annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon weekend will take place Oct. 3-5, 2008 in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Medtronic also will donate $1,000 per runner to SADS, so sign on up!

Last year there were three participants who ran for SADS: Courtney Sprissler, Erin McGann, and James Todd. The picture is of James. Nice medal!

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 Christmas Fundraiser

Christmas tree Every year Heritage Lakes Elementary school students in Chicago decorate Christmas trees as a fundraiser to honor the memory of Brittany Valene, who died in February 2005 of Long QT Syndrome. SADS would like to recognize all who participated and thank them for their donations-- almost $4,000 total this year. Happy trees!

Learn more about SADS Events... 

 Climb to Conquer SADS: The Place for Cutting-Edge SADS Informational Seminars

Climb to Conquer SADS Don't miss the SADS Family Seminars this July 9-11! Seminars for adults and teens will provide information on the newest research and most up-to-date treatments--so don't miss this chance to get all your questions answered and to network with other families affected by SADS!

CLIMB is a family-friendly event with plenty of activities from swimming and horseback riding to movies and table tennis. The Alta Crystal Resort sports beautiful views, comfortable accommodations, and delicious food. The deadline has been extended for the discount rates at Alta Crystal! If you book early with a 1/3 deposit, you will receive a 25% discount.

SADS Needs Your Help To Recruit Climbers

World-famous climber John Roskelley will be leading a group of SADS supporters to the summit of Mt. Rainier. We are asking our volunteers to please print out the flyer and post it in recreation/sporting goods stores in your area. Please let your local climbing clubs know too. And of course, if you would like to be a SADS "Rosklimber " this year, you can join John for just $2,500!

PS please let us know about your flyer distribution successes.


 HEARTS Act for AED's
 Legislation SADS is Supporting

Let your legislators know that you support the Josh Miller Helping Everyone Access Responsive Treatments in Schools (HEARTS) Act of 2007. This act would buy AEDs for schools nationwide as well as establish more effective emergency response plans.

Follow the link for more information or to get started!

And let us know about your participation.