Our Mission Statement: To raise funds and public awareness of Cardiomyopathy through educating the community on causes and treatments. To provide support and bring hope to all who deal with the hardship of the disease.
Cardiomyopathy, or heart muscle disease, is a type of heart disease in which the heart becomes weak and enlarged. A weak heart is less able to pump blood through the body and maintain a normal electrical heart rhythm. This can lead to heart failure and irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias.
The most dangerous arrhythmias occur in the lower chambers of the heart called the ventricles. These irregular heartbeats can result in sudden cardiac arrest and death can occur within minutes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) each year in the United States, 400,000-460,000 persons die of unexpected sudden cardiac death.
To prevent death, the condition must be treated right away with an electrical shock from a device called a defibrillator. The electrical shock is delivered to the heart to try to restore its normal rhythm.
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs), are portable defibrillators that are found in public places and can be used by bystanders to save the lives of people suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. According to the American Heart Association, Effective bystander CPR, including the use of an AED, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
Our foundation, created to keep Tina's memory alive, is dedicated to giving back to our community. We are committed to raising community awareness of cardiomyopathy and to raising funds to purchase Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for our local youth sports organizations.