Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can happen to anyone at anytime, anywhere. Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. claiming an estimated 325,000 lives annually– more than breast and prostate cancer, AIDS, traffic accidents, firearms, and house fires combined. And the only definitive treatment is a lifesaving shock from a defibrillator – delivered within minutes.
To help protect runners and spectators from sudden cardiac arrest, Philips Healthcare is a proud sponsor of the ING New York City Marathon and the official provider of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on the race course.
In addition, this year Philips ING New York Marathon volunteer staff has teamed with The Robbie Levine Foundation in its mission to “help raise awareness of the need for and importance of AEDs in saving lives”.
The Robbie Levine Foundation was founded to honor the memory of Robbie Levine, a happy, healthy nine-year-old boy whose life revolved around his family, his friends and baseball. Robbie died suddenly on September 27, 2005 when his heart stopped while he was running the bases during a Little League team practice.
When Robbie collapsed on the ball field, no defibrillator was available on the scene and, although his father, Dr. Craig Levine, performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Robbie could not be revived.
In the wake of this unimaginable tragedy in their lives, Robbie's parents, Jill and Dr. Craig Levine, created the Robbie Levine Foundation to ensure that no other parent, on the ball field or anywhere else, should have to undergo the horror that they have faced.
We need your help. Please support The Robbie Levine Foundation and DONATE NOW.
Robbie’s love of sports makes the ING New York City Marathon an excellent venue to help raise funds for this important cause.