Every day in the USA,
young adults die from detectable but

undiagnosed heart conditions.
Learn More about ECG screening.

Max Schewitz
1985-2005
95%
Missed

The standard preparticipation physical fails to detect over 95% of conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death.

60%
Found

A painless, noninvasive ECG test can detect upwards of 60% of the markers of conditions that lead to sudden cardiac death. Yet, an ECG is not a part of the routine physical for young adults.

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EKG

To fill that gap and protect our young adults, we provide low-cost, high-quality ECG testing supplemented with limited echocardiography for select students.

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.