The day after Valentine’s Day I stopped by my favorite chocolate store to see what was still available. In addition to the world’s best chocolates, I spotted an intriguing display by the check out. The Peyton Walker Foundation (http://www.peytonwalker.org/) was taking collections and selling beautiful greeting cards to help fund their mission. Peyton Walker was a beautiful young woman who was taken from us way too soon due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest at the age of nineteen. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the sudden onset of an abnormal and potentially fatal heart rhythm that causes the heart to beat ineffectively or not at all. It usually strikes without warning, exacerbating the pain of losing someone you love.
Facts About Sudden Cardiac Arrest
- SCA is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. (over 600,000/year).
- SCA is the #1 killer of student athletes in the U.S.
- SCA is the #2 medical cause in youth under 25.
- SCA is the leading cause of death on school campuses.
- Every hour, every day, SCA takes another life.
- Some warning signs that can alert you to a potential SCA incident:
- Shortness of Breath
- Chest Pain
- The use of AED and CPR can increase the chance of surviving a SCA event.
The Peyton Walker Foundation hosts CPR and AED training classes for community members. The Foundation also provides free heart screening for students and athletes throughout our area. Finding undiagnosed heart conditions can save many young lives.
These are the cards I purchased Friday. They have a heart motif, but, in my humble estimation, love is appropriate all year around. They can be purchased at
- Blooms by Vickrey, 2125 Market St, Camp Hill PA,
- Cornerstone Coffeehouse, 2133 Market St, Camp Hill PA and
- Macris Chocolates, 1200 Market St, West Shore Plaza, Lemoyne PA
Peyton’s mission was inspired by the shirt she was wearing the day she died. “What we do for ourselves dies with us…What we do for others remains and is immortal.” Albert Pines
I can’t imagine the pain of losing a beloved child unexpectedly. Working to reduce the chance of another parent losing their child is a way to rise above the grief. The Peyton Walker works all year long to spare parents the agony of losing a beloved child. Visit their site at http://www.peytonwalker.org/
Till the next time,
“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care, kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never the same again.” Og Mandino