Andrew Ortega Foundation donates school AEDs

Andrew Ortega

Four years ago Michelle Spencer lost her son, Andrew Ortega, a gifted student and athlete. The Rutherford, N.J., teenager died in his sleep, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Andrew was just 13. The family found out later that Andrew had lived with an undiagnosed heart condition (an enlarged heart) that put him at risk for SCA. Had anyone thought […]

Boy Scouts save their leader after performing 45 minutes of CPR & defibrillation

Dr. Jose Lepervanche

“Bad experiences create good responses,” says Dr. Jose Lepervanche, a professor of management at Florida State College in Jacksonville. This is certainly true in his own life. After surviving sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in 2007, Lepervanche has become a staunch advocate for CPR training and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for the Boy Scouts of America […]

US Lacrosse takes stand against SCA by providing AED grants to 33 organizations

Lacrosse AED grants

Since 2007 US Lacrosse, the national governing body for men’s, women’s, and youth lacrosse, has partnered with Cardiac Science to provide grants to help lacrosse organizations purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Grants totaling $16,000 were presented to 33 organizations in 21 states in 2014. “Having an AED on hand protects not just the players but coaches and spectators,” […]