On behalf of the Quinn Driscoll Foundation Board of Directors I would like to extend a warm and gracious thank you for your support at our first annual Legends event. The evening far exceeded expectations and proved the commitment of our community and extended community in the fight against sudden cardiac arrest in our youth.
Together, we raised nearly $50,000 in total receipts for the event including ticket sales, sponsorships, donations and purchases. After expenses, over $30,000 will be put back into our local area for cardiac screenings, awareness programs and grants for automated external defibrillators (AED). Planning has already begun on granting AED’s and we are busy coordinating a number of community events and beyond.
In June the QDF will be active in assisting at one of Oregon’s largest employers establish an ongoing screening program. In August we will be conducting our 3rd “Young Champions” community based heart clinic. In October the QDF will be one of a handful of foundations participating in a national event, “Screens Across America”. In this first ever national initiative, the Quinn Driscoll Foundation will be raising awareness and conducting screenings at the local level while promoting the need of more extensive cardiac screenings for our youth on a national basis.
However excited about our upcoming year, I would be remiss in not mentioning our namesake Quinn and the thousands of lost legends. In their honor and memory, please remember these important points:
- Understand the symptoms of cardiac issues
- Know your family health history and communicate with your family physician
- Get CPR/AED certified
- Promote routine cardiac screenings in our most valuable assets, our children
Every child deserves to be legend!