The Lion Heart Heroes Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded on October 16, 2014 in honor of Marine LCpl David Finlayson. While on a five-mile training run with his battalion in Hawaii, his heart went into sudden cardiac arrest and he collapsed. Efforts to save him failed. David died in November, 2013, at age 25. David is sorely missed by all who knew him.
We still don't know exactly what caused David's heart to stop. He had never had a simple ECG that might have revealed some kind of cardiac disorder.
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA usually causes death if it's not treated within minutes.
SCA is a leading cause of death among physically active young adults.
SCA is the most common cause of non-accidental death among military recruits.
Over half of those who suffer SCA have no prior symptoms.
When someone suffers SCA, only a shock from an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) within 3-5 minutes will revive them.
For every minute of delay, the chance of survival drops by 10%.
CPR is an essential life-saving procedure that buys some time until the AED can get there.
Time is of the essence!
SCA can happen to anyone of any age and is linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
The Lion Heart Heroes Foundation seeks to promote heart health for our military community.
Raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and advocate for heart health in the military community
Promote the presence and use of Automated Exteral Defibrillators (AEDS) on military posts and at physical fitness events
Support research and partner wtih the Navy to develop cardiac screening protocols to help identify cardiac abnormalities within our military community
Demonstrate heart screening protocols using the latest scientific techniques
The Bureau of Navy Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) and Uniformed Services University are working on a study of cardiac screening of Marines using the latest in ECG technology.
In addition, we are partnering with the Nick of Time Foundation to bring voluntary cardiac screening to JROTC units in high schools.
Please see our CONTACT US page for information on how to reach us or to donate to our foundation.
Lion Heart Heroes is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and contributions are tax deductible. Federal Tax ID 47-2109345