Health—General & Rehabilitative

Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation

aka EP Save A Life Foundation

EL CAJON, CA

Mission

The EP Save A Life Foundation is committed to preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in young people through awareness, education and action. SCA is a leading cause of death under 25 and the number one killer of student athletes. These youth could've been saved with a simple ECG, but ECGs are not a part of annual physicals. In 2019, we will reach our 30,000th youth screened to honor Eric, who lost his life at 15 to an undetected heart condition, and to protect other families from this tragedy. Our efforts reveal that 1 in 300 teens are at risk. Our objective is to identify cardiac anomalies that may lead to SCA, with the ultimate goal of standardizing cardiac screenings among youth, and equipping schools with AEDs plus CPR/AED training.

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It’s hard to believe, but 2019 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation. In the 10 years since inception, we have reaffirmed our vision to eliminate the tragic consequences of sudden cardiac arrest in youth. In 2019, we will surpass 30,000 free youth heart screenings in San Diego, growing the life-saving intervention we have already provided for 209 youth found at risk. We’ve also placed nearly 100 AEDs in youth communities, protecting more than 150,000 hearts. We are making an impact in the pediatrician's office, on the field and in the classroom through free heart screenings, cardiac chain of survival training, cardiac emergency response preparedness and advocacy through the Eric Paredes Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act. We have achieved this because of the support of individual donors, grantmakers and sponsors. We invite you to continue on this journey with us to protect young hearts. We are Taking Prevention to Heart.

Ruling Year

2010

Co-Executive Director

Maureen Legg

Co-Executive Director

Diana Li

Main Address

PMB 79, 2514 Jamacha Rd., Ste. 502

EL CAJON, CA 92019 USA

Keywords

heart screening, sudden cardiac arrest prevention, screen your teen, save a life, AED

EIN

80-0636157

 Number

5253945025

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (E11)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation is an independent HHS organization committed to preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest/Death (SCA/D) in youth through awareness, education and action. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death under 25 and the #1 killer of student athletes. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is an abnormality in the heat's electrical system that can be detected with heart screenings. EKGs are NOT part of well-child exams or sports physicals although studies show 1 in 300 youth has an undetected heart condition. We provide free heart screenings ages 12-25 to identify cardiac abnormalities putting them at risk for SCA. Our vision is to eliminate the tragic consequences of SCA in youth. We are committed to a strategy that will pursue standardized prevention of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in youth in the pediatrician's office, on the field and in the classroom. Through legislative policy and education, screenings and AED placements, We are Taking Prevention to Heart.

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The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation is committed to preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest in youth through awareness, education and action. Saving lives is paramount to our mission and prevention is our goal through free screenings to identify cardiac abnormalities that may lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Our vision is to eliminate the tragic consequences of sudden cardiac arrest in youth. The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation is committing to a strategy that will pursue standardized prevention of SCA in youth through legislative policy and a practice of education, screenings, AED placements and CERP training, we will impact San Diego and California with our leadership model. Our comprehensive cardiac screenings are quick, painless and non-invasive and include a health history, EKG and if indicated, an echocardiogram - creating a thorough and quality evaluation of young hearts. SCA is not a heart attack. It's a genetic or congenital abnormality in the heart's structure or electrical system that abruptly stops the heartbeat. It's fatal in 92% of cases if not properly treated within minutes. Heart abnormalities identified include life-threatening conditions, such as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), Long QT Syndrome (LQTS), Wolf-Parkinson-White (WPW), or Arhhythmogenic Right Ventricular Displasia (ARVD). There are thousands of youth deaths annually from sudden cardiac arrest, yet, heart screenings are not a part of regular well-child exams or sports physicals, even though 1 in 300 have an undetected heart condition that puts them at risk. An inventory of newborn and childhood exam standards enumerates the many conditions we do test for, though the odds are one in many 1000s the child will be at risk. There is a dangerously low awareness of the warning signs and risk factors associated with SCA. An American Board of Family medicine study noted that 72% of students who suffered from SCA were reported by their parents to have at least one symptom before the event. They just didn't recognize it as life threatening. A statement by the American Academy of pediatricians recognizes that the warning signs are often missed by both doctor and parents. and in fact, standard well-child exams lack cardio-focused prevention that miss 91% of youth at risk for SCA. There is a need for community awareness and action programs that educates teens, parents, educators, coaches, the medical community and elected officials about what the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation calls a public health crisis, as well as an outlet to get kids screened. Founded in 2010, the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation is attempting to fill this gap by protecting families from the tragedy of losing a child to a syndrome that could be prevented.

The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation is the only entity in San Diego County dedicated to taking action to prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest and moreover, is one of the leading providers of free heart screenings in the United States. Without this service, asymptomatic teens we have found at risk may never have realized their condition until it was too late - just like Eric Paredes. Our initiative is to host six free events open to the public with a goal to screen 5,000 youth annually. Historical data shows that we will find about 1-2% of youth at risk, so every screening is a life-saving event. At-risk youth are referred back to their family doctor. In addition to screening, we also conduct hands-on demonstrations of the Cardiac Chain of Survival: Recognize SCA, Call 911, Perform hands-only CPR, Use an AED, Work with EMS. In conjunction with our screening, we also run a dedicated outreach and education campaign through high-school related media portals to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, recognize the warning signs and urge screening with our foundation or a family doctor. Through robust collaborations with youth-focused stakeholders, the footprint of our local SCA intervention programs will evolve into legacy models that drive comprehensive, systemic change in health literacy, primary and secondary prevention practices.

The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation Screen Your Teen program bridges the gap in medical care and awareness by providing free cardiac screenings to youth ages 12-25 to find undetected heart abnormalities that put them at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest/Death. Our events are a major undertaking, relying on nearly 1,000 medical and lay volunteers annually to execute each screening. Our comprehensive screenings are quick, painless and noninvasive and include a health history, an EKG and if indicated an echocardiogram. At every screening, we identify 1-2% of youth at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest/Death. We own and maintain all of our EKGs and four echo machines, plus necessary supplies to administer the tests. Our screening event locations rotate annually to give access to diverse, socio-economic communities. At least 50% of screening participants travel from around the county to each event. Research has shown that SCA is the leading cause of death on school campuses, which is why we partner with middle and high schools to champion the cause in their parent communities. Our surveys show that roughly 42% of participants are from moderate to extremely low income households, many without health insurance. We also partner with agencies representing at-risk and underserved youth. Our screenings also include CPR/AED demonstrations by our Red Cross certified Teen Team (proving anyone can save a life), and AED placements in schools lacking proper prevention equipment. As of 2018, we have placed nearly 100 AEDs, protecting over 150,000 hearts. Founded in 2010, the foundation was run run by the board. In 2013, the foundation secured a consultant to orchestrate a major rebranding and develop outreach and engagement. New income from sponsorships and screenings was realized. In late 2013, the consultant was named part-time executive director and income increased by 22% over 2012. Since then, efforts of the executive directors added grant money to the income stream and has increased giving in every other are and minimizing reliance on individual donors. New income sources were pursued through grants and partnerships. In 2014, the foundation's vision of widespread awareness of SCA prevention became a reality by partnering with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the governing body for high school sports in the U.S. state of California to introduce best practices in our high schools. In 2015, those practices were proposed as new legislation in California to protect young athletes. In 2017, the Eric Paredes Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act was enacted, protecting K-12 students participating in school-sponsored athletic activities. New policy adds sSCA training to coach certification, new protocol that empowers coaches to remove from play a student-athlete who exhibits fainting - the number one warning sign of a potential heart condition.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is not a heart attack. It's a genetic (inherited) or congenital (born with it) abnormality in the heart's structure or electrical system that abruptly stops the heartbeat. It's fatal in 92% of cases if not properly treated within minutes. Heart abnormalities diagnosed life-threatening conditions such as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), Long QT Syndrome (LQTS), Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (WPW) or Arhythmogenic Right Ventricular Displasia (AVRD). Sudden Cardiac Arrest/Death can be averted through a variety of measures, including lifestyle modifications, mediation, surgical treatments, such as ablation or implanting a pacemaker and/or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). But the only real prevention is a heart screening. Evidence of the foundation's evolution in awareness and in the increased screening participants, from 2,155 youth screened in 2012 to over 4,500 youth screened in 2018. As of 2018, we have screened 29,610 youth all for free, finding 476 with cardiac abnormalities they were not aware of and 211 who had conditions serious enough that could have caused Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is more likely to occur during exercise or physical activity, so student-athletes are at greater risk. While a heart condition may have no warning signs, studies show that many young people do have symptoms but neglect to tell an adult. Recognize the Signs and Risk Factors of SCA. Potential Indicators that SCA may occur: Fainting or Seizure, especially during or right after exercise Fainting repeatedly or with excitement or startle Excessive shortness of breath during exercise Racing or fluttering heart palpitations or or irregular heartbeat Repeated dizziness or lightheadedness Chest pain or discomfort with exercise Excessive, unexpected fatigue during or after exercise As the leading cause of death in the United States, there are more than 300,000 cardiac arrests outside hospitals each year, with nine out of 10 resulting in death. Thousands of sudden cardiac arrests occur among youth each year, as it is the #1 killer of student athletes and the leading cause of death on school campuses. Through awareness, education and action, our mission is to influence families, educators, elected officials and the medical community to recognize the incidence of youth sudden cardiac arrest and the importance of preventative care through cardiac risk assessment and heart screenings, and of cardiac emergency preparedness through placing automated external defibrillators (AED), CPR/AED training and a practiced and coordinated response plan anywhere youth congregate.

In 2019, as we approach Eric Paredes' 10th Anniversary, our foundation has reaffirmed our vision to eliminate the tragic consequences of sudden cardiac arrest in youth. Through our screening program, AED placement and legislative initiatives, we are spreading education, awareness and potentially life-saving intervention for 211 youth and counting. Add to that the nearly 100 AEDs placed in youth communities protecting upwards of 150,000 hearts. As of 2018, we have screened 29,610 youth for free, finding 476 with cardiac abnormalities they would have otherwise been aware of and 211 who had conditions serious enough that could have caused Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Free Heart Screenings. In 2019, we will offer our 50th FREE Screen Your Teen heart screening in San Diego County. Screenings include a cardiac risk assessment, EKG (electrocardiogram), echocardiogram if indicated and a consultation with a cardiologist. Screenings are supported by hundreds of volunteers annually, including cardiologists, registered nurses, student nurses and high school youth. Cardiac Chain of Survival Training. Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation provides interactive demonstrations of hands-only CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) - the only life-saving measure once SCA strikes. Training is part of every screening plus special events. Recent collaborations included Southwest Sports Wellness Foundation, San Diego State University, the San Diego Gulls and P.L.A.Y Campaign at Petco Park with the San Diego Padres. Cardiac Emergency Preparedness. Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation places AEDs in California schools and advocates for the implementation of cardiac emergency response plans anywhere youth congregate. Every minute's delay decreases the chance of survival by 10%, which is why 92% of SCA victims die. Given SCA is the leading cause of death on school campuses, it's critical for school communities to be as well-practiced in executing the cardiac chain of survival as they are fire drills. AEDs are funded by donations, grants and generous sponsorships through the Save A Heart, Save A Life AED program. Advocacy. The Eric Paredes Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act mandates new coach training, SCA awareness and athlete removal from play protocol in California's K-12 public, private and charter school-sponsored sports activities. Information about SCA prevention practices will now be included in the 2019 revision of the California Health Education Framework for California public schools, an educator's guide to implementing curriculum content standards developed by the California Department of Education. The vision of the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation is that sudden cardiac arrest will be exposed as a grave and overlooked health risk affecting young people, which will lead to mandatory prevention protocol to protect young hearts. We are Taking Prevention to Heart.

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