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Thank you for visiting our website, and getting to know a little about Robbie and our foundation that we started to honor him and his memory. Please let us know that you visited! Sign our guestbook, and let us know if you would like to be added to our mailing list or email list, and include your address if you'd like. We love hearing from people who knew Robbie, and those who would didn't but would like to help us remember him by joining us to help save other young lives.

2008-06-06 Mike Carter I have 5 kids - i think I will buy a defibrillator for our house, since a lot of kids run around our front yard, and heart disease is rampant in the family,
2008-06-06 Karen U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration www.osha.gov http://www.osha.gov/dts/tib/tib_data/tib20011217.html Technical Information Bulletin U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Cardiac Arrest and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) Sixty-one million Americans have cardiovascular disease, resulting in approximately 1 million deaths per year. One-third of these deaths (300,000-400,000) are due to cardiac arrest, the sudden and unexpected loss of heart function. Survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are only 1 to 5 percent. Most often cardiac arrest is due to chaotic beating of the heart (ventricular fibrillation), which can be restored to a normal rhythm if treated early with electric shock (defibrillation). Treatment of witnessed ventricular fibrillation with immediate defibrillation can result in greater than 90 percent survival. With each minute of delay in defibrillation, nearly 10 percent fewer survive, so that at 10 minutes, survival is dismal. In June 1999, Chicago%u2019s O%u2019Hare and Midway Airports installed automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to respond in 1 minute to cardiac arrest. In the first 10 months, 14 cardiac arrests occurred, and 9 of the 14 victims (64 percent) survived.
2008-06-06 Karen These quotes from news sources are addressed to all o the Mikeb's out there Athletes' Sudden Cardiac Arrest Addressed National Athletic Trainers Group: Better Planning For Coping By Schools Imperative Comments 3 NEW YORK, April 5, 2007 MMVII, CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. (CBS) Once every three or four days in this country, a competitive young athlete suffers sudden cardiac arrest. In as many 80 percent of those cases, there are absolutely no symptoms to warn that the cardiac arrest might occur. Without urgent treatment, including Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation and the use of a defibrillator, applied within minutes of the heart stopping, death is certain. And it works. More than 70percent of all sudden cardiac arrest victims are saved by defibrillators.
2008-06-06 Liza Hi, I want to thank you for bringing out this awareness. I have 2 boys ages 4 and 5 and they willm most likely be very involved in sports (if this is what they wish ) However, I am definitely going to add this site to my "favorites" and send it around to all of my parent friends. Thank you for turning your loss into a posotive. Robbie is watching you with pride! I will also go home tonight and and give my boys an extra big hug. You truly never know what tomorrow will bring you. Thank you, liza
2008-06-06 Pat I read your story on CNN. I thank you for all of your awareness. I wish you all the best.
2008-06-06 Karen These quotes from news sources are addressed to all o the Mikeb's out there Saving Athletes from Cardiac Arrest Monday, May. 07, 2007 By CAROLYN SAYRE; Copyright 2008 Time Inc. All rights reserved. It happens all too often; every three days to be exact. In the middle of throwing a curve ball or catching a pass, a young athlete dies of sudden cardiac arrest ù an abrupt loss of heart function that affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and is the leading cause of death in competitive athletes. In the absence of symptoms, 95percent of all sudden cardiac arrest victims will die on the scene. You can try to call for help, but in these dire cases, there isn't much time. It takes the average Emergency Medical Service team approximately 6 to 12 minutes to respond to any type of call, but with every minute that passes the chance of survival of sudden cardiac arrest decreases by 7 to 10percent, according to the American Heart Association. As a result, the U.S. National Athletic Trainer's Association and the Inter-Association Task Force recently recommended in the Journal of Athletic Training that every school in the country, public and private, have an AED on site. We all wear life vests in the water, just in case something crazy does happen, says Chuck Kimmel, the President of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. The AED is the cardiac life vest.
2008-06-06 Karen These quotes from news sources are addressed to all o the Mikeb's out there USA Today article at http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/2008-05-22-lewis-screening_N.htmYoung athletes urged to get screened for heart trouble Updated 5/22/2008 Reggie Lewis' death shocked sports fans in 1993, but the heart condition that led to the 27-year-old's demise, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), an abnormal thickening of the heart, is a common cause of sudden death in young athletes. The likelihood of someone having HCM is about one in 500, but the rate for blacks is two to three times higher than whites. Undetected, the disease can be particularly fatal in young athletes.
2008-06-06 Karen http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/2008-05-22-lewis-screening_N.htmYoung
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2008-06-06 Diane Goering I want to share my experience with Robbie's parents. I'm 54 today, but when I was 37 I had Sudden Cardiac Arrest. It's a miracle that they got me to a hospital and I'm still here. What I want to share is what happened BEFORE they re-started my heart. We go to a beautiful place that is all about LOVE. We don't foget the people we loved here - there's just a whole lot more of it there. Bless you, and your son.

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