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           John Hersey High School

 9/25/19           Wheeling 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.   

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.