Since its formation in 2010, the EP Save A Life Foundation has garnered ongoing news coverage as it fulfills its mission to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest among parents, educators, physicians and elected officials. View our many stories to learn more about the free screenings we have provided to thousands of San Diego teens.
Free Heart Screening in South Bay
Rhina Paredes-Greeson talks about the importance for youth to get a preventative heart screening to identify cardiac abnormalities that put them at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Watch the video
KUSI News at Otay Ranch High School
Elizabeth Alvarez asks youth why it’s important to get their heart screened during the free screening event at Otay Ranch High School.
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Cristian’s Big Heart 5K benefits the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation
Our partners in sudden cardiac arrest prevention, Cristian’s Big Heart 5K hosts its annual event to raise money for our free screening program, in memory of Cristian, Eric and all those lost to this silent killer. Watch the video
Eric’s Foundation Featured on San Diego Prep Insider
The episode, which aired on Fox Sports San Diego, featured Eric’s parents Hector Paredes and Rhina Paredes-Greeson, and volutneers Carly Grier and Jacob Li during a free heart screening at Sage Creek High School. Watch the video
Mom of Teen Found At Risk Featured on Good Morning San Diego
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the number one killer of student athletes. Diana Li, mother of a student that had the free screening and was saved by preliminary findings, encourages parents to screen their teens. Sarah Thompson, Executive Director, shares the details of the upcoming Screen Your Teen events. Watch the video
Quest to Save Young Hearts Gaining National Footing
Legislation focuses on educating people—especially parents and coaches—about sudden cardiac arrest. View Story
Homegrown Heart Bill Signed Into Law
The Eric Paredes Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act aims to prevent sudden cardiac arrest among student athletes. It was sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Maienschein and approved by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 29. View Story
Foundation Offers Free Heart Screenings for 12- to 25-Year-Olds
Screening held at Ramona High School on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. View Story
Heart Screening for Teens in Chula Vista
Screening participants share their experience. Watch the video
Teens Get Free Heart Screening
Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation offers EKG, CPR training to teens in hopes of preventing sudden cardiac arrest. Watch the video
National Radio Program Showcases EP Save A Life
Hector Paredes was interviewed by For the Record, a national radio program featured on 100+ stations in the Family Radio network. In addition to Sudden Cardiac Arrest warning signs and symptoms, Hector shared with listeners how to find a screening program in their area. Listen Here.
Good Morning San Diego Highlights Free Heart Screening
Rhina Paredes and Sarah Thompson shared with KUSI TV viewers the importance of the Screen Your Teen program on May 21, 2016.
Yuma Teen’s Life Saved by Free Heart Screening and Surgery
EP Save A Life mentors Yuma Regional Medical Center to create local youth heart screening program.
Heart Foundation Rooting for State Bill
Asm. Brian Maienschein introduced the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act, AB1639, which expands student athlete safety standards to include Sudden Cardiac Arrest protocol.
“Focus on Issues” Features EP Save A Life Foundation
Hector Paredes discusses Assembly Bill 1639 and the importance of screening your teen with KECR.
Heart Screenings Save Lives at El Camino
Screening remembers 15-year-old student lost to sudden cardiac in 2010.
Student Bake Sale
Students at Design 39 hosted a bake sale help support free heart screenings for youth. Sales from homemade cookies, cupcakes, Madelines and more raised $210.56. Eric’s Foundation is very grateful for this enterprising and compassionate—and delicious!—donation.
Radio Helps Spread the Word About Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention
KECR 910 AM Helps Spread the Word About Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention
Free Heart Screening Could Save A Teen’s Life
May 3 is proclaimed Eric Paredes day in honor of what would have been his 21st birthday, while 472 youth are screened, finding 5 more at risk.
Eric’s Foundation Receives 2015 CATA Special Service Award
Eric’s Foundation was honored to accept a very special recognition from the California Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA), who we consider to be some of the greatest champions of our state’s young athletes. Every high school needs a qualified AT and we are lucky to be working in tandem with them to protect young hearts.
CIF Votes to Implement Protocol for Sudden Cardiac Arrest
A student-athlete receives a free heart screening by volunteers from the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation.
Exámenes de corazón, gratis
La fundación Eric Paredes save a life.es un programa hecho por un oficial de la patrulla de caminos de San Diego Héctor Paredes y su esposa ambos perdieron a su hijo hace unos años debido a un infarto cardiaco y ahora tienen un programa para la juventud basado en esa experiencia.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Program Mandatory for California Schools
California Interscholastic Federation passed a legislation to incorporate sudden cardiac arrest prevention protocol in high school sports programs throughout California.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest, A Public Health Crisis
An incredible report from the American Heart Association and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation confirming that SCA is a public health crisis and how importance prevention is.
EP Save A Life Volunteer Is A Survivor
Brandon Calvert was treated for atrial fibrillation caused by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and now gives back to EP Save A Life.
One Boy’s Legacy: Free Heart Screenings
Teen Devin Lawson was identified with a heart condition and now he gives back by teaching kids CPR and AED use.
Screen Across America Video: Heart screenings save lives
Ask these nine students who came to a heart screening and discovered a potentially-fatal heart condition. The video is produced by Screen Across American, and includes a petition you can sign to standardize youth heart screenings.
Boost For Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention
EP Save A Life Joins Up With CIF.
Partnering with CIF To Advance SCA Prevention in California High Schools
CIF Commissioners Vote 10-0 In Support Of Proposed Bylaw Additions To Enact Prevention Protocol
San Diego Union-Tribune: Letters to the Editor
Preventable Tragedy Just Requires Heart Screening.
Cox Cares Recognizes EP Save A Life
Eric’s Foundation was honored to win a $2,500 grant from the Cox Cares Member Recommended Grant program, funded by employee payroll donations that are matched by Cox Communications. This grant will help us to continue to provide free heart screenings that identify 1 in 100 youth at risk for SCA.
Frundraise Enables Athletes To Help Us Save A Life
See how you can dedicate your next race to EP Save A Life.
California Senate Recognizes EP Save A Life Foundation
Senator Mark Wyland with Senators Marty Block, Joel Anderson and Ben Hueso support our SCA prevention efforts on June 30 in Sacramento.
The Today Show Tells Our Story
The EP Save A LIfe Foundation goes national to urge parents to screen their teen.
Should EKGs Become Standard for Teenagers Before Playing Sports
The EP Save A Life Foundation weighs in on this important, life-saving dialogue.
Turning Tragedy into Purpose, Heart Screening for Youth Becoming a Reality for Parents
Families who have experienced the loss and fear of sudden cardiac arrest come together to save lives.
East County Screening Saves Lives
Our recent heart screening at Granite Hills High School reached 840 youth, with 8 found at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
Free Youth Cardiac Screenings Could Save Lives
Granite HIlls High School screening honors memory of former student lost to Sudden Cardiac Arrest in 2011.
Certificates of recognition presented to the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation from Senator Joel Anderson and Assemblyman Brian Jones at Granite Hills High School on June 1, 2014.
UT San Diego: Free teen cardiac screenings held in Scripps Ranch
Heart screenings looked for undetected abnormalities that put youth at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
KFMB TV: Free teen cardiac screenings held in Scripps Ranch
At our 19th free event, the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation screened over 800 more youth and found nine at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
City Council Proclaims April 27—May 3, 2014 EP Save A Life Foundation Week
Councilman Mark Kersey championed a proclamation dedicating this week to Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention. May 3 would have been Eric’s 20th birthday, and his foundation is thrilled to remember him by continuing to save young lives.
Eric’s Foundation Medical Director Named 2014 Hero For Young Hearts
Eric’s Foundation volunteer medical director earns high praise from national organization committed to sudden cardiac prevention in youth.
Free screening at Scripps Mercy Hospital Prevent Cardiac Arrest
EP Save A Life Foundation screens 10,000th teen during Heart Month 2014.
Screening students for heart abnormalities becomes a calling to save young lives.
Story about our foundation.
Grieving Mom Says School Physicals Need Heart Exam
Community mourns loss of Oceanside student athlete
Free Heart Screenings for Teens
More than 800 teens get cardiac screenings at Patrick Henry High School, where 8 teens were found at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
Parents Turn Loss Into Heart Health Awareness
The San Diego Daily Transcript reports on the importance of heart screenings.
Jersey Mike’s Subs Teams Up with the EP Save A Life Foundation
The grand opening of San Diego’s newest Jersey Mike’s benefitted the EP Save a Life Foundation. We look forward to working with them more in 2014!
Fox 5 Anchormom Kathleen Bade shares her thoughts on the importance of screening your teen for sudden cardiac arrest.
Turning Tragedy into Triumph AAMVA’s 2014 PACE Award Winning Feature
Hector Paredes shares the story of how the loss of his son inspired the formation of a foundation that worked to save the lives of local teens.
Teen’s Sudden Death Sparks Changes at County Schools
After abruptly losing their son to Sudden Cardiac Arrest in 2009, Rhina and Hector Paredes created the EP Save A Life foundation to provide free heart screenings to help detect underlying heart problems that put teens at risk, in the hopes of preventing their tragedy from happening to another family.