When tragedy struck, it did not take long for the Babbitt family to jump at the opportunity to help others who might be in a similar situation. The John Taylor Babbitt Foundation was established six months after 16 year-old John Babbitt collapsed and died from a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Since her son’s untimely death, JoAnne Taylor Babbitt has been advocating for a heightened awareness of heart health. To prevent deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the foundation recently donated several Cardiac Science Powerheart® automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to people in need throughout the state of New Jersey.
Babbitt’s AED donations focused on the Cancer Support Community of New Jersey and St. Rose Catholic High School in Belmar, New Jersey, – a school that lost their AEDs as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Along with the AEDs, the foundation donated an extra set of adult pads, a ready kit, a carry case, a set of pediatric pads, and a wall case. In both settings, the AEDs were placed in accessible locations in case of an emergency.
In light of John’s death, the foundation has established numerous goals. It hopes to install defibrillators in schools, athletic facilities, and public gathering places. The foundation is also working to establish JTB Heart Clubs in high schools and universities to help raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, and to save lives. These clubs will focus specifically on activities related to advocacy, education, and defibrillation. The foundation also supports research on genetic cardiac disorders that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. Aside from the recent donations, JoAnne Taylor Babbitt and the JTB Foundation are teaming up with the American Heart Association to support a bill in the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly that would require CPR training as part of every high school curriculum.
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