At age 13 (and 347 days) Quinn was approaching one of life's milestones, transition into high school. With only a handful of days left in his final year of middle-school, Quinn had nothing but a bright future ahead of him. Little did he know, there was a ticking time-bomb ready to explode inside his chest and ultimately change the lives of many forever. On a cold and rainy June day in 2009, during PE class, the clock on that time-bomb reach 00:00…
Quinn's final words to his friends as they came to the second to last curve on the track was, come on guys, "feel the burn". Quinn kicked it into high gear, a football, baseball and basketball athlete, trying to show the track guys how to finish a mile long run. A few steps into his sprint to the finish, his diseased heart beat for the last time. Despite the frantic efforts of so many unsung heroes', he could not be revived.
Quinn died from an undiagnosed heart disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or HCM. This disease and many other diseases of the heart often go undetected and many result in sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). As in Quinn's case, there were no symptoms or indications his heart was more than twice the size of a normal 13 year olds heart. Like a ticking bomb, his heart was counting down to that fateful moment, where nothing could be done once the clock reaches zero.
Quinn's legacy has focused a community and the origin of the Quinn Driscoll Foundation. Together, with the Quinn Driscoll Foundation, his vast community of family, friends and volunteers are dedicated to the awareness, education and testing to combat diseases of the heart which lead to sudden cardiac arrest in our children. From tragedy comes hope. Beat On!