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.
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
Free Event Detects Abnormal Heart Conditions
Bonita Vista High School hosts South Bay heart screening. Watch the video
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.
Youth Brave Storm to Check Their Heart
563 youth screened – 10 found with cardiac abnormalities – 3 serious enough to put the youth at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.
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
Record-breaking Attendance at Free Heart Screening
EP Save A Life screened 1,167 youth on June 14——the highest attendance in the foundation’s history.
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.
Prevent SCA During Heart Month
A look at how simple it is to save a life with as preventative teen heart screening.
New Sudden Cardiac Arrest Protocol for California Student Athletes
Coach training and heightened awareness of heart condition warnings signs will help protect California youth from the number one killer of student athletes.
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.
Vista and North County residents Screen Their Teens
623 teens were screened with four found at risk, and everyone learning about citizen CPR and how to use an AED.
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.
Screening Marks 5th Anniversary of Eric Paredes’ Passing
Eric’s Foundation went back to Steele Canyon High School to screening over 700, finding 6 at risk.
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.
Free Heart Screenings in La Jolla for Teens
Dr. Alexe Page Discusses the Important of Screening for Cardiac Abnormalities.
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.
Heart Screening Helps Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Three Family Members
Mom tells how an EP Save A Life screening identified a heart abnormality in her daughter that prompted family members to get tested.
Save A Life Foundation Offers Free Heart Screening for Teens
KUSI-TV shows viewers how quick and easy it is to get an EKG to check for heart abnormalities that put youth at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
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.
Latest Cardio-technology in Heart Rhythm Disorders
EP Save A Life Volunteer Medical Director is a leader in heart rhythm disorders and an early adopter of the latest cardio-technology.
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.
10,000th Teen Screened!
Free screening at Scripps Mercy Hospital finds five teens at risk and reaches into the city’s underserved populations.
Heart Screening Reaches 10,000th Teen and Finds 1 in 100 at risk for SCA.
Teens come from across the county to get a free heart screening.
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.
EP Save A Life Foundation & Scripps Health Celebrate Heart Month
19th Free Heart Screening Protects Young Hearts
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!
Hundreds of teens given heart screenings in Coronado
Hundreds of teenagers were given heart screenings in Coronado on Sunday that were organized by the parents of a local teenager who died from sudden cardiac arrest, the second leading cause of death in America in those under 25.
Fox 5 Anchormom Kathleen Bade shares her thoughts on the importance of screening your teen for sudden cardiac arrest.
Hundreds of teens receive life-saving screening
More than 600 teens who filed into Coronado High School for a free screening which aims to prevent sudden cardiac arrest often caused by an undetected heart condition.
Sharing the Power of Prevention
Free heart screenings given to 723 South Bay teens in the Sweetwater School District, identifying 21 with heart abnormalities, 7of which put those teens at risk for SCA.
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.
Mission Goes Straight To The Heart
The April 2013 screening at Orange Glen High School commemorated National Youth Sports Safety Month and saw a diverse student population of both athletes and non-athletes come out to check their heart health.
Record Number of Screenings During Heart Month
The Februrary 2013 screening at Torrey Pines High School in conjunction with La Costa Canyon, Canyon Crest Academy and San Dieguito Academy provided free EKGs to 1,030 teens, identifying 18 heart abnormalities and 3 teens at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest, as reported by KUSI-TV, Fox 5, 10 News and the CW.
Heart Event Hopes To Save Lives
The EP Save A Life Foundation provide free screenings to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and encourage all parents to get their children screened. About 1-2% of teens screened are at risk for SCA.
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.