Please Help Me Make a Difference……in the Nick of Time
Thank-you for visiting my page! This September I will be completing an independent, 3-day, 300-mile bike ride from Portland, ME to Provincetown, MA to help raise awareness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and funds for the Nick of Time Foundation (NoTF).
I never had the pleasure of meeting my wife’s cousin, affectionately known as ‘Nicky D’ among his close friends and family. From the stories I’ve heard, I have little doubt we would have hit it off over our love for sports and the NFL and most certainly would have engaged in spirited discussions over our respective hometown teams and fierce rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and New England Patriots. Unfortunately and shockingly at the time, Nick’s life was cut short when he suffered an SCA and passed away at the young age of 16 in 2004.
Nick’s story is more common than you think. While the majority of SCA’s come as a result of well-known conditions like heart attack and stroke, far too many children and young adults suffer an SCA each and every year. The exact causes vary but the common denominator almost always involves an abnormality within the heart that remains undetected, giving off no warning signs until it eventually triggers an SCA. It’s basically a ticking time bomb that no one knows even exists until it’s too late.
The Nick of Time Foundation (NoTF) was founded in Nick’s name and honor with the goal of increasing awareness about SCA and how it affects children and young adults. Their mission is simple: to save lives by creating “heart safe zones” in local communities. To do this, they focus on three key areas: facilitating youth heart screenings to find abnormalities BEFORE trouble strikes, teaching the importance of early bystander CPR/AED readiness and providing resources to enable and enhance public access defibrillator programs so communities are better prepared when SCA strikes.
The money raised through this ride and my fundraising efforts will go directly towards supporting NoTF’s core areas of focus. In addition, part of the proceeds will go towards purchasing and donating an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to a youth sports organization in the greater-Boston area in Nick’s honor. With an AED the hope is that it is never used; however, its existence will protect the local community and its members from SCA well into the future.
Thanks again for taking a moment to view my page and learn more about this incredible organization and very worthy cause. I encourage you to check out some of the info on this website and if possible, consider making a donation – however big or small to support the Nick of Time Foundation.