The Max Schewitz Foundation is a nonprofit, grant-making charitable foundation started by Max’s family and friends after Max died from a sudden cardiac arrhythmia at age 20 in 2005. The Foundation has dual missions:
To support education, prevention, and research of sudden cardiac death in young people.
To support environmental conservation, a lifelong interest of Max's. Specifically to support through education and conservation fragile and threatened reptile ecosystems and species.
Sudden cardiac death, which can have multiple causes, accounts for approximately 300,000 deaths per year in the United States, many of them young adults and children. Often the first sign of cardiac problems in children and young adults is death. While no single registry exists of deaths of children and young adults to SCD, and estimates of the affected population vary, at a minimum most experts agree that at least six healthy-looking young adults die every week in the United States from sudden cardiac death. This underscores the need for development of early detection to increase survival rates.
The conservation and preservation of fragile and threatened reptile ecosystems and species was Max's passion as evidenced by his many years of work in the field, educating the general public, assisting in biological research projects, breeding rare species, and investigating reptiles in their native habits worldwide. Now, his work in the field of education and preservation can only continue through the generosity of others.
The Max Schewitz Foundation seeks to grow funds to help prevent deaths of talented young people like Max to sudden cardiac death and to continue Max's work in the conservation and preservation of fragile ecosystems and species. Donors will be able to choose their focus of interest and be assured that funds will be applied to their chosen interest area.
As the Foundation expands so will the scope of its work and the benefit to the greater community. The Foundation has a strong network of family and experts in both fields available for background information and one-on-one conversations about the Max Schewitz Foundation.
Board of Directors: Chairman: Mary E. Schewitz, MSW, Vice Chairman: David C. Schewitz, MD, Secretary: Kathy Aykroid, Treasurer: Jeanne Coogan, Alane Church, Cassie Mancuso Carver, Paul Gilling, Nick Mancuso
Administrator and contact:
Max Schewitz Foundation
700 E. Park Avenue, Suite 105
Libertyville, IL 60048