Gwyneth's Gift Foundation was established to honor the life of Gwyneth Morgan Griffin. Gwyneth, like so many other people, would conceivably be alive today if she had received CPR immediately and had quick access to an AED. Unfortunately, Gwyneth suffered a devastating and unrecoverable anoxic brain injury due to the length of time before she received CPR. Seven weeks later, just after her 13th birthday, Gwyneth passed away.
Gwyneth's Law was passed in 2013 and has three components:
AED placement in 2,100 elementary, middle, and high schools in Virginia
Mandatory CPR training for over 71,000 teachers in Virginia
CPR training for 89,000 Virginia high school graduates annually
The Compress and Shock Foundation is proud to partner with Gwyneth's Gift for our shared mission of raising awareness and providing education to the public regarding CPR and AED use.
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation is a national community benefit 501(c)(3) organization based in Pittsburgh, PA. Their vision is to eliminate preventable death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest and support people affected by SCA. Their mission is to raise public awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and promote initiatives that help save lives through education, research, and community.
The Virginia Heart Attack Coalition (VHAC) is a collaborative partnership among the Virginia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians, the Virginia Department of Health Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Project, and many other partners across the state.
VACEP has been the voice of emergency medicine in Virginia since 1970 and represents more than 1,000 emergency physicians in many different settings, in both community and academic practice throughout Virginia. VACEP is recognized statewide by elected officials, government agencies, healthcare organizations, insurers and medical colleagues for our advocacy on behalf of emergency physicians and patients.
Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect in the United States and worldwide. 1 in 100 people are diagnosed with CHD and nearly 40,000 babies will be born with CHD in the U.S. this year. Estimates suggest there are more adults living with CHD than children, upwards of 1.5 million.
Originally founded as the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association in 2013, they quickly filled a niche as the voice of the congenital heart patient and family. They are changing both the national landscape and empowering patients and families in their local communities. In 2020, to better reflect their efforts in being more inclusive both culturally and across the lifespan, they changed their name to Conquering CHD.