STORIES

of the

HEART

Witness the devastation that Sudden Cardiac Arrest is having on our youth — stories of seemingly healthy young lives lost suddenly and unexpectedly to SCA, and of those who suffered severely debilitating consequences of SCA — all because the appropriate live-saving actions were not taken.

Michael Abt, Jr.

Michael Abt, Jr.

Michael Jr Abt - Stories of the Heart

Michael, age 12, collapsed on March 10, 2006, while playing capture-the-flag at school in PE class. CPR was performed. The school had an AED, but it was forgotten until it was too late to save Michael.

Paul Simmons, Jr.

Paul Simmons, Jr.

Paul Simmons Jr. - Stories of the Heart

Paul, age 17, collapsed while playing basketball during the senior class All Night Shut-In event at his high school. The cause of death was Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Paul was captain of the varsity basketball team and had no prior signs or symptoms of a heart condition.

Eddie Barnett, Jr.

Eddie Barnett, Jr.

Eddie Barnett Jr. - Stories of the Heart

Cameron Juniel

Cameron Juniel

Juniel Cameron basketball - Stories of the Heart

Cameron, age 20, suffered sudden cardiac arrest after playing basketball with friends at a local gym. Attempts to save Cameron with CPR and AED use were unsuccessful. The cause of Cameron’s cardiac arrest was Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

Christopher Kanervisto

Christopher Kanervisto

Christopher Kanervisto - Stories of the Heart

Christopher, age 19, was very active in sports, including golf, skiing and mountain biking. He had always been healthy and his doctor visits mainly consisted of well checkups. After receiving the H1N1 vaccine, Christopher exhibited flu-like symptoms that seemed to go away. He passed away in his sleep on November 20, 2009, one month after receiving the vaccine. The cause of Christopher’s death was viral myocarditis.

Adam Keenan

Adam Keenan

Adam Keenan - Stories of the Heart

Adam, age 20, suffered cardiac arrest while practicing baseball. The cause of death was an undiagnosed heart condition called Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC).

Antwoine Key

Antwoine Key

Antwoine Key - Stories of the Heart

Maxwell King

Maxwell King

Maxwell King - Stories of the Heart

Charlie Kontos

Charlie Kontos

Charlie Kontos - Stories of the Heart

August Koontz

August Koontz

August Koontz - Stories of the Heart

August, a multi-sport athlete died in his sleep at age 18 due to an undiagnosed heart condition known as Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

Alec Kornet

Alec Kornet

Alec Kornet - Stories of the Heart

Alec, age 17, collapsed after complaining of feeling lightheaded during hockey practice. CPR was administered immediately. By the time the AED was retrieved paramedics had arrived. Alec had no prior symptoms or a known heart condition. The cause of death was Myocarditis. Postmortem genetic testing of Alec’s tissues was negative. His brothers had a full cardiac work

Sara Krauss

Sara Krauss

Sara Krauss - Stories of the Heart

Matthew Krug

Matthew Krug

Matthew Krug - Stories of the Heart

Matthew suffered a cardiac arrest two days after his 16th birthday while playing basketball. He received CPR and three AED shocks before heart rhythm returned, but remained in a coma for 12 days before passing away on July 18, 2001. He was an active swimmer and roller hockey player. Cause of death was undetected Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

Andrew Lamphere

Andrew Lamphere

Andrew Lamphere - Stories of the Heart

Andrew, age 11, was at football practice when he experienced difficulty breathing. He had been diagnosed with asthma, so he thought he was having an asthma attack. Before he could get his inhaler, he collapsed in his coaches arms. He ended up going into cardiac arrest. The medics arrived and were unable to revive him. The next day an autopsy concluded his cause of death was Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

Kristoffer Larsen

Kristoffer Larsen

Kristoffer Larsen - Stories of the Heart

Kristoffer, age 22, suffered a sudden cardiac death on May 27th 2016 while visiting his grandparents in Norway. He was a healthy and active young man that cared greatly for his siblings, family, friends and people around him. Kristoffer was an active cross country and long distance track runner through high school and early college years. He had not had any previous indications or prior history of heart problems. Kristoffer cause of death was cardiomyopathy.

Tommy Leek

Tommy Leek

Tommy Leek - Stories of the Heart

Adam Lemel

Adam Lemel

Adam Lemel - Stories of the Heart

Adam was playing basketball for his high school team on January 22, 1999. He walked into the huddle, collapsed and died. Cause of the fatal sudden cardiac arrest was found to be Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD).

Robbie Levine

Robbie Levine

Robbie, age 9, suffered sudden cardiac arrest in September 2005, while at little league baseball practice. His father tried to save him by performing CPR, but it was not enough, without an AED. Nine years later and after genetic testing, the underlying cause of Robbie’s cardiac arrest remains unknown.

Robbie Levine

Robbie Levine

Robbie Levine - Stories of the Heart

Andrew Lewis

Andrew Lewis

Andrew Lewis - Stories of the Heart

Andrew, age 15, was playing baseball when he held his head and told another player that he didn’t feel well. Shortly thereafter Andrew collapsed in cardiac arrest. He had no symptoms and rarely got sick. The cause of death was viral myocarditis and bicuspid valve.

Annie Liberati

Annie Liberati

Annie Liberati - Stories of the Heart

Nicholas Lindsay

Nicholas Lindsay

Nicholas Lindsay - Stories of the Heart

Brian Locklear

Brian Locklear

Brian Locklear - Stories of the Heart

Brian, age 14, was an A student, played the cello in his middle school orchestra, and enjoyed internet computer games. Brian, his sister, and his mom were diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Then 9 months later, when his mom and sister were home, Brian went into the bathroom to take a shower and went into cardiac arrest, before he could even turn the water on. His mom found him approximately 5 minutes later, started CPR, and called 911. But it was too late. His mother and sister now have implanted defibrillators.

Sandy Loftus

Sandy Loftus

Sandy Loftus - Stories of the Heart

Ryan Lopynski

Ryan Lopynski

Ryan Lopynski - Stories of the Heart

Ryan, age 18, was a seemingly healthy college freshman at Virginia Tech, when he died suddenly and without any warning at his home. He had come home from college for the weekend and was getting ready for his sister’s basketball game when his father found him collapsed in the shower. After his death, it was discovered that Ryan had an enlarged heart.

Matt Love

Matt Love

Matt Love - Stories of the Heart

Grace Lovegrove

Grace Lovegrove

Grace Lovegrove - Stories of the Heart

Marque Lowman

Marque Lowman

Marque Lowman - Stories of the Heart

Marque, age 21, was a senior in college and a member of the military. He was home from college when his mother went to wake him up on May 14, 2014, but Marque would not respond. His mother performed CPR until paramedics arrived, but it was too late. The cause of death was acute myocardial ischemia. Marque had never had any medical issues.

Kevin Lucas

Kevin Lucas

Kevin Lucas - Stories of the Heart

Kevin, age 15, collapsed on his way to class. He had been diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy and received a heart transplant 18 months prior to his fatal cardiac arrest. His death was linked to organ rejection.

Rafe Maccarone

Rafe Maccarone

Rafe Maccarone - Stories of the Heart

Rafe, age 15, collapsed and died in the arms of his teammates during soccer practice at school. The cause of death was undetected hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

John Mack

John Mack

John Mack - Stories of the Heart

John, age 17, collapsed in cardiac arrest after a stick check to his chest during a club lacrosse game on November 30, 2006.  It took 19 minutes to get an AED to the field to restart John’s heart. John suffered irreparable brain damage and was removed from life support three days later and became an organ donor. Following John’s death, a benefit was held by family and friends.  The money raised was used to purchase 21 AEDs; 21 was the number John wore on his lacrosse jersey.

 

Donella Mackmiller

Donella Mackmiller

Donella Mackmiller - Stories of the Heart

Kevin Major

Kevin Major

Kevin Major - Stories of the Heart

Kevin, age 19, drowned in July 2011. The autopsy determined that he had Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). Kevin was a hockey and rugby player who never complained or exhibited any symptoms of a heart condition.

Conor Martin

Conor Martin

Conor Martin - Stories of the Heart

Robie Masterson

Robie Masterson

Robie Masterson - Stories of the Heart

Kiki McBride

Kiki McBride

Kiki McBride - Stories of the Heart

Madison McCarthy

Madison McCarthy

Madison McCarthy - Stories of the Heart

Madison, age 5, asked to be excused from lunch to use the restroom at school on September 27, 2001. She was found unresponsive in the restroom. She suffered a cardiac arrest from Long QT Syndrome. No one recognized the severity of her condition. The McCarthy family has since been genetically tested for Long QT Syndrome.

Joshua McCormick

Joshua McCormick

Joshua McCormick - Stories of the Heart

Ricky McGregor

Ricky McGregor

Ricky McGregor - Stories of the Heart

Ramiro "Toti" Mendez

Ramiro "Toti" Mendez

Ramiro Toti Mendez - Stories of the Heart

Toti, age 20, was an accomplished baseball player, which earned him a full scholarship at Florida International University. He suffered sudden cardiac arrest while catching for another pitcher in his backyard. The cause of death was undetected cardiomyopathy.

Travis Mendoza

Travis Mendoza

Travis Mendoza - Stories of the Heart

Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller - Stories of the Heart

Michael Monteleone

Michael Monteleone

Michael Monteleone - Stories of the Heart

Devin Moore

Devin Moore

Devin Moore - Stories of the Heart

In December 2017, Devin, 22, was playing basketball with friends when he leaped for a rebound and then collapsed.  CPR was started 4 minutes after his collapse and an AED was not used until 13 minutes later.  The cause of death was aortic stenosis with left ventricular hypertrophy myocardial fibrosis. Devin, a bright young man with an even brighter future, was a senior Broadcast Journalism major looking forward to graduation.

Keith Morgan

Keith Morgan

Keith Morgan - Stories of the Heart

Keith, age 15, collapsed in his driveway after leaving a light game of football. It was his second year of playing football. He also played soccer for several years, basketball and ran track. He passed away 6 days before he was scheduled to see a cardiologist. Keith had no known breathing or heart issues.

Jean-Sebastien Morin

Jean-Sebastien Morin

Jean Sebastien Morin - Stories of the Heart

Chase Morris

Chase Morris

Chase Morris - Stories of the Heart

Chase, age 16, was at home playing ping pong with family and friends, when he complained of feeling dizzy and decide to go lay down. Approximately ten minutes later he was found unresponsive in the living room. He was taken to the hospital by his family and was unable to be revived.

Greg Moyer

Greg Moyer

Greg Moyer - Stories of the Heart

Greg, age 15, played 10 minutes in a basketball game on December 2, 2000, when he walked into the locker room and went into sudden cardiac arrest. No AED was available, and CPR was not started for more than 10 minutes. Paramedics did not arrive for 30 minutes, at which time his heart began to beat after being shocked with an AED. He was unable to sustain his heartbeat on the ride to hospital. Cause of death was Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. The ER doctor told his parents that Greg could probably have been saved with an AED. His family’s mission to place AEDs in all schools began the night of this death.

Dominic Murray

Dominic Murray

Dominic Murray - Stories of the Heart

Dominic, age 17, died after collapsing on the court at Farmingdale State College during an open gym pick up game. Only a few weeks before Dominic had had a heart screening and received medical clearance to play sports. The cause of his sudden cardiac arrest was cardiac hypertrophy related to underlying heart problems. Both his maternal grandmother and father died from cardiovascular disease.

Paul Myers

Paul Myers

Paul Myers - Stories of the Heart

Paul, age 33, passed away while running a half marathon.  His father had died 17 years earlier at the age of 47 from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.  Paul had been living undiagnosed with the same disease until the time of his death.

 

Legacy of the Lost is dedicated to all the young lives lost to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

FOR PARENTS WHO HAVE LOST A CHILD TO SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST

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