Alane Church Difference Maker Video

Two Vernon Hills High School students selected Alane Church for their Difference Maker video project.  Alane Church did not know as a parent about the importance of cardiac screening for her healthy kids.  She started the Josh Church Foundation after her son, Josh, died from a hidden heart condition at the age of 17.  She works with the Max Schewitz Foundation to pass on her knowledge and inform high school students about the need for all young adults to receive a simple and painless EKG at their school's HeartSmart Cardiac Screening. Great job, students! 

District 128 Difference Maker Video

The District 128 AP History Class had an assignment to create video about a nonprofit in the community making a difference.  We're pleased to share the video two students created about The Foundation.  Congrats students on a job well done! 

Website Updates

In order to serve you better we are making improvements to our website.  Due to this "construction" the links to register for screenings for the 2019-2020 school year will not be available until 8/1/2019.  Thank you for your understanding.

We Screened 7,183 Students this Year

We completed our 2018-2019 EKG screening program on April 24, 2019 at Deerfield High School.  The school-wide EKG screening program began in 2005 following the sudden death of Max Schewitz.  To date, the Foundation has now provided 87,706 EKG’s and 2,375 limited echocardiograms.  The Foundation has found 870 students with abnormalities who required further medical evaluation.   

Why should you have an EKG?

Libertyville High Schools students we'll be on your campus next week (March 13) providing EKG screenings.  Alane Church, a Warren High School parents shares her story in this video.  Hopefully it will encourage you to go home, talk with your parents and get signed up! 

2019/2020 SCREENINGS

We will be screening at the following schools in the 2019/2020 school year:

 9/04/19           Lake Forest Academy

 9/11/19            Vernon Hills High School

 9/18/19           Wheeling High School

 9/25/19           John Hersey High School

10/09/19          Antioch Community High School

10/16/19           Carmel Catholic High School

10/23/19           New Trier High School - Freshman Campus

11/6 & 11/7/19  Stevenson High School

11/20/19           Rolling Meadows High School

Foundation Announces Leadership Changes and 2019 Screening Dates

The Max Schewitz Foundation is pleased to announce that Kathy Aykroid will join the board of directors as the executive director and secretary. Ms. Aykroid has been the lead project manager for nearly a decade coordinating all school EKG screenings, volunteers, and vendor logistics.  She replaces founding member Mary Beth Schewitz, who will become chairman of the Max Schewitz Foundation board.

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.