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Local 8th Grader Raises $1,500 for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

Dinniman: 8th Grader Raises $1,500 for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation

WEST CHESTER, PA —  State Senator Andy Dinniman recently recognized Dylan Blair, an eighth-grade student at the Montgomery School, raised more than $1,500 for the Aidan’s Heart Foundation.

Dylan chose sudden cardiac arrest as his final project and set a goal to raise money for the foundation, which is committed to providing awareness, education, and support to create heart-safe communities for youth regarding the prevention of and/or response to sudden cardiac arrest.

An athlete and basketball player whose father serves as head coach of men’s basketball at West Chester University, Dylan challenged people via Facebook to donate to the Aidan’s Heart Foundation point-for-point for every basket he scored during a weekend tournament. He scored 65 points and the donations far exceeded his expectations.

Dylan presented a check to the Aidan’s Heart foundation for $1,558 during the 8th Annual 5K for Aidan J on June 17 at Kerr Park in Downingtown.

“I want to thank Dylan for coming up with a creative, innovative, and athletic way to raise funds for and awareness of sudden cardiac arrest,” Dinniman said. “It’s important that parents and coaches help ensure young athletes are safe by getting them screened for heart issues and being prepared to respond to potential emergencies.”

According to Aidan’s Heart Foundation, sudden cardiac arrest is caused by undetected heart problems. Most of these conditions have no symptoms. Most can be treated with medical interventions. None can be detected with a stethoscope.

The foundation was started by Steve and Christy Silva and named for their late son, Aidan, a seven-year-old who tragically passed away from sudden cardiac arrest in 2010.

In 2014, Dinniman worked with the Silva family to pass “Aidan’s Law,” Act 35, which helps ensure every school in Pennsylvania has an AED that is up to date and ready to use.

Since then, the Aidan’s Heart Foundation has trained more than 4,500 students in performing CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED) and has placed more than 60 AEDs in schools and locations throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.

From 2011 through 2018, the foundation has also screened more than 1,700 young people between ages 5-19. Serious cardiac issues have been detected in more than 10 of these children and critical follow-up care has been recommended for dozens of others in order to ensure that sudden cardiac arrest does not claim more young lives.

For more information on the Aidan’s Heart Foundation, visit

Source: Andrew E. Dinniman (D), Pennsylvania State Senate, Senate District 19
Featured Image: Senator Dinniman with Dylan Blair and his family. Pictured (from left to right): Gail (grandmother), Hunter (brother), Autumn and Hayden (sisters), Carolyn (mom), Dinniman, Dylan, and Damien (father). Also pictured is Dinniman’s rescue poodle, Jagger.

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