2nd Annual Josh Church "Race Me" Fundraiser

Join us for the 2nd Annual Josh Church “Race Me” Fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 2-5:30 pm at The Chocolate Sanctuary.  The afternoon will feature appetizers, a cash bar, silent auction, special T-Shirts & more! Proceeds from the event will benefit the Max Schewitz Foundation. 
 

2018-2019 Testing Dates

We will begin our 12th year of EKG-based cardiac screenings at Lake Forest Academy on August 22.  The Foundation is scheduled to provide screening at eleven area high schools this year and potentially reach an additional 10,000 students. The program’s mission is to identify students who are at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) before they are stricken so they can obtain treatment.

We Screened over 75,000 Students

We recently concluded our 2017-2018 Heart Smart EKG screening. Our school-wide EKG screening program began in 2005 following the sudden death of Max Schewitz.  This school year, the Foundation visited 14 area high schools and has now provided 75,483 EKG’s and 2,006 limited echocardiograms.  The Foundation has found 2,117 students with abnormalities who required further medical evaluation.   

Motherhood Isn’t for Sissies

My mom told me, motherhood is not for sissies. She meant this humorously, trotting it out when the laundry was sky-high or my kids were getting shots or poor grades but, nothing could ring truer if you’re a mother of a child who has died. Whether your loss occurred pre-term or during childhood or even adulthood, there’s an unwritten rule that kids should not die before their parents. Trust me, that kind of loss leaves a mark. 

Shop and Support our Work

Shop anytime in March or April and a portion of proceeds will be donated to the Max Schewitz Foundation. 

Thank you

Big shout out to Alane Church and her successful fundraising efforts in memory of her son, Joshua, to benefit Screens for Teens EKG screening. We screened over 140 low-income students at Buffalo Grove High School alone. Donations like these make a huge difference in our ability to provide screening to all students. Thanks to Alane and all of those who supported her efforts!

 

CATS Swim Meet Honors Josh Church

October is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month and some local swimmers will be taking part in a fundraiser this weekend to bring awareness to the issue.  

NBC Chicago Visits Lake Forest Academy

Our first two EKG screenings of the school year were a huge success. It is a team effort to run each screening and we appreciate our dedicated core group of volunteers, parents and the community for continuing to embrace our work. We couldn’t do it without your support. We also want to thank Holly and her mother for stopping by the Lake Forest Academy screening to share their story with NBC Chicago. 

Charlie's Diagnosed with WPW

Charlie Kanter is heading off to The Ohio State University this fall. His parents may worry about Charlie’s grades or how well he will handle his newfound independence, but the one thing they will not have to worry about is Charlie’s heart.