Since 2010, we led the effort to educate families in our local communities of Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in young adults.
The Quinn Driscoll Foundation name sake, Quinn Driscoll, died from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in June of 2009. Quinn died while running track during gym class, 18 days before his 14th birthday. Quinn's death was caused by Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a disease which the muscle of the heart is abnormal in the absence of an apparent cause. HCM is the leading cause of death in young athletes annually in the United States.
1,500-3,000 youth deaths due to SCA occur every year in the United States. Many of those deaths could be prevented through basic testing, education and parental awareness.
Our mission is three-fold:
- Educate parents, teachers, athletic coaches and the medical community of the risks and pro-active detective of heart defects
- Coordinate cardiac screening events & identify potential risks of SCA in young people
- Provide grants for outfitting & training schools with automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
The Quinn Driscoll Foundation will conduct on-going fund raising activities that will take place throughout the year. The Quinn Driscoll Foundation will raise funds in the communities it serves through various events, corporate sponsorships and donations.
What We've Achieved
- Over 4,000 young adults screened since our inception
- Over 10 at-risk young adults identified before a fatal heart attack
- Hundreds of AEDs and training provided to local schools
- Partnered with PeaceHealth Northwest Cardiac Unit to provide free heart screenings
- Provided educational materials to the community
- Partnered with sister foundations throughout the country to spread the word farther