Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause
of non-traumatic death in the military, especially among recruits,
yet the medical protocols at military Entrance
do not include a basic electrocardiogram (ECG).
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Who We Are
The Lion Heart Heroes Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in October 2014, in honor of Marine LCpl David Finlayson. While on a five-mile training run with his battalion in Hawaii, his heart went into a bad rhythm, and he collapsed in Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Efforts to revive 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 electrocardiogram (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. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. SCA usually causes death if it's not treated within minutes. It is not the same as a heart attack, which is a plumbing problem that can lead to SCA, which is an electrical problem.
What We Do
Lion Heart Heroes raises awareness of the importance of better cardiac screening in the military and advocates for screening all military recruits with ECGs using the latest protocols and technology. We also donate Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to military posts and promote SCA awareness and CPR training. Our funds come from donations and we’d like your help.
*SCA costs lives – it’s a human issue.
*SCA wastes resources – it’s a budget issue.
*SCA jeopardizes military missions – it’s a readiness issue.
Every military member deserves an ECG and the chance to prevent a life-altering or life-ending event. Can you help us with this important mission?
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Lion Heart Heroes is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and contributions are tax deductible. Federal Tax ID 47-2109345