We prevent tragedy that could be just a heartbeat away.
Eric was a healthy Steele Canyon High School sophomore athlete who died suddenly and unexpectedly from Sudden Cardiac Arrest/Death (SCA/D) in 2009. His parents, Hector and Rhina Paredes, established EP Save A Life Foundation to honor him through their commitment to prevent this tragedy from happening to other families. The EP Save A Life Foundation is committed to preventing SCA in young people through awareness, education and action. Saving lives is paramount to our mission and prevention is our goal.
Don’t take a chance with your child’s heart.
Every year thousands of our kids die from this syndrome that can happen without symptoms or warning signs. It’s not a heart attack. SCA is an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system or structure that can be detected with a heart screening. But EKGs and echocardiograms are NOT a part of your teen’s annual well-child exam or pre-participation sports physical, even though studies show 1 in 300 youth has an undetected heart condition. How many children must suffer sudden cardiac arrest for us to give merit to the importance of simple heart screenings? It can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Screenings and AEDs could prevent fatal cardiac arrest.
Eric’s foundation provides free screenings to youth age 12 to 25 to help identify cardiac anomalies that may lead to SCA, with the ultimate goal of standardizing cardiac screenings among our youth, and equipping schools with cardiac emergency response plans that incorporate readily accessible automated external defibrillators (AEDs), CPR/AED training and cardiac emergency drills for students and staff. The biggest misconception about SCA is that it won’t happen to your child. You have no family history…your child has no symptoms…your doctor has not indicated a screening was needed, your school or youth program has not prioritized cardiac preparedness. But there is a dangerously low awareness of SCA among parents, educators and the medical community, even though it’s the leading cause of death on school campuses and the #1 killer of student athletes.
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May 3, 2017 marked what would have been Eric’s 23rd birthday. Learn more about Eric’s legacy and why his foundation offers free heart screenings to protect other families from the tragedy of losing a child.