On Thursday evening, August 21, 2008, 17-year old Jenny died suddenly while playing soccer. She was a seemingly healthy, active student at Glenbrook North High School and was participating in a practice for a local club travel team in preparation for her varsity season. Jenny was stricken with an undiagnosed congenital abnormality of her heart that resulted in a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
SCA IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN YOUNG ATHLETES.
One of the only things that might have been able to save Jenny’s life in the minutes after her collapse would have been a defibrillator (AED). Sadly, none was available.
The Jennifer Lynn Snyder Teen Heart Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create heart-safe communities by placing Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and implementing Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) programs to reduce Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in our youth.
Jenny was a vibrant, spirited young woman who didn’t waste one minute of her life. Teens are dying every day in this country from SCA, and people deserve to know about it and learn how they can prevent it.
THAT WILL BE JENNY’S LEGACY – AND TOGETHER WE WILL SAVE LIVES