Free Heart Screenings for Youth Offered at Protect This Heart Event

posted Aug 16, 2018, 6:30 AM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Aug 16, 2018, 6:34 AM ]

 

 
Free Heart Screenings for Youth Offered
at Protect This Heart Event
Smiling Hearts Joins Teams with Simon's Heart, CVG, and the Jeremy Nelson and Terrell Wilson Foundations to Offer Free Heart Screenings in Lawrenceville, GA.


On September 16, 2018, Smiling Hearts is teaming up with Simon’s Heart, the Cardiovascular Group, Jeremy Nelson Foundation, and Terrell Wilson Foundation to offer free heart screenings for students, ages 12 – 19. 

The screening will take place at the Cardiovascular Group offices and is open to all families in Gwinnett County and beyond. No child will be denied an opportunity to participate in the screening.

Our goal is to screen 300 children! The screening is intended for students who have never received an electrocardiogram (ECG) exam or those who have never been examined by a cardiologist. The screening will look for undetected heart conditions, such as those that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in youth. Please note that this screening is not a substitute for annual pediatric wellness visits.

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Protect this Heart Screening (Lawrenceville, GA)
September 16, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
755 Walther Rd NW Lawrenceville, GA 30045 map

EVENT DETAILS
We are dedicated to spreading sudden cardiac arrest awareness and are available to speak to your school, recreational park, or athletic association, etc. For inquiries, please contact Michelle Fields-Wilson at 770-403-7826.

Smiling Hearts Brings Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness to South Gwinnett High School

posted Aug 8, 2018, 5:32 AM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Aug 15, 2018, 6:26 PM ]

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/8/2018

Smiling Hearts Brings Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Awareness to South Gwinnett High School


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On August 7, 2018, South Gwinnett High School (SGHS) invited Smiling Hearts - The Nick Blakely Foundation's founder, Michelle Fields-Wilson, to speak to their Booster Club about the risks of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Located in Snellville, Georgia, SGHS is a public high school for students in grades 9–12. South Gwinnett is home to about 2,400 students.

Wilson addressed coaches, players, and their parents with the moving story of her son, Nick Blakely, a 19-year-old young man who passed away due to SCA on August 28, 2017. Wilson led an educational talk on the warning signs of SCA and the importance of cautionary measures such as preventative heart screening and life-saving automated external defibrillators (AED) in protecting youth from tragedy. "Smiling Heart's mission is to turn every potential tragedy of SCA into a story of survival. We are proud to take this opportunity to spread awareness and promote our upcoming screening event with Simon's Heart", Wilson said. Attendees heard the message loud and clear; SGHS has asked Wilson to come back and speak again.

On September 16, 2018, Smiling Hearts is teaming up with Simon’s Heart, the Cardiovascular Group, Jeremy Nelson Foundation, and Terrell Wilson Foundation to offer free heart screenings for any student aged 12 – 19. Please download and share our flyer [click here] and for more information visit https://simonsheart.org/?event=protect-this-heart-screening-lawrenceville-ga.

About Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation 
At Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation, our vision is to turn every potential tragedy of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) into a story of survival. We believe this is possible by advancing overall awareness to young athletes, parents, and coaches, providing youth with access to preventative heart screenings, implementing training standards and safety protocols in athletic associations and educational institutions, and advocating for the establishment of legislation supporting SCA standardized requirements. Learn more about Smiling Hearts and get involved by visiting us www.nickblakelyfoundation.org, Twitter @NickBlakelyFDN, or Facebook.com/nickblakelyfoundation

Lawrenceville Youth Association Awards Nick Blakely Book Scholarships

posted Aug 5, 2018, 1:06 PM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 5:19 AM ]

Lawrenceville Youth Association Awards Nick Blakely Book Scholarships

In memoriam of Nick Blakely, high school seniors, Jaylen King and Reggie Shelton, were awarded collegiate book scholarships by the Lawrenceville Youth Association (LYA). The scholarships honor Blakely who played in the LYA's football program during his elementary education.

King will be attending Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama and Shelton is attending Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Smiling Hearts sends congratulations to the scholarship winners!

[from L to R: Tuwanna Davila, Reggie Shelton, Nicks mother, Michelle Fields-Wilson, Doug Washington]
[from L to R: Doug Washington, Tuwanna Davila, Jaylen King, Nicks mother, Michelle Fields-Wilson]

Smiling Hearts Donates its 1st AED to Rhodes Jordan Park

posted Jul 31, 2018, 5:35 PM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 11:45 AM ]

In memory of Nick Blakely and to honor the one year anniversary of his passing, Smiling Hearts is happy to announce that through the kindness and support of the Gregory Moyer Defibrillator Fund & Rachel P. Moyer, we will donate our first automated external defibrillator (AED).

On August 11, 2018, Smiling Hearts will present an AED to the Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Rhodes Jordan is the home of the Lawrenceville Youth Association’s Black Knights football team where Nick Blakely started his football journey.

We are also excited that Rhodes Jordan will also be giving out their Nick Blakely Scholarship.

The presentation will begin at 1:30 pm; please join us! To view the full event details click here >

1st Annual Nick Blakely Summer Memorial Fundraiser

posted Jul 31, 2018, 5:26 PM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Jul 31, 2018, 5:26 PM ]


As the anniversary of Nick’s passing approaches, SafeBeat, our exclusive preventative heart screening collaborative partner, has launched a fundraiser in his honor. Donations will be used to provide free heart screens for youth. Please give and help save lives!

About the Fundraiser
The 1st Annual Nick Blakely Summer Memorial Fundraiser is being conducted to honor Nick’s life and the upcoming first anniversary of his passing. Every gift of $1, $2, $5, $500, or $5,000 will benefit the SafeBeat Initiative and Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation as we work together to prevent the #1 killer of student-athletes and #1 cause of death on school campuses, sudden cardiac death. Our average cost for a preventive heart screening for one child is $49 and we provide them to students and families for FREE. Thank you in advance for your gift.

View SafeBeat's fundraiser at:

Exceptional High School Seniors Awarded $500 College Scholarship

posted May 3, 2018, 11:43 AM by Ryan Brown   [ updated May 3, 2018, 3:30 PM ]

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/3/2018

Exceptional High School Seniors Awarded $500 College Scholarship
Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation Announces Recipients of its First College Scholarship Program


Lawrenceville, GA – Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation is proud to announce its first-ever award recipients of the Nick Blakely Scholarship. Following a detailed review process of more than 60 qualified applicants, Smiling Hearts selected Samantha Zelitt (Bradenton, FL), Victoria Molloy (Cape Coral, FL), Tatyana Mangual (Lawrenceville, GA), and Jandolyn Washington (Stone Mountain, GA) as the inaugural winners. Each will receive a $500 scholarship towards their first year of college studies.

Not only did Smiling Hearts find each award recipient impressive, but so did Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Central Florida, College of Coastal Georgia, and Spelman College, where each has chosen to enroll this fall, respectively. 
"The Nick Blakely Scholarship supports our mission to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, while also honoring the memory of my son, Nick Blakely,” says Michelle Fields-Wilson, Founder of Smiling Hearts. “We are honored to grant the scholarships to these exceptional students, as they exemplify the qualities and values that Nick stood for and we are eager to see what each will achieve in their college studies and beyond.” 

For media inquiries and to learn more about Smiling Hearts, it's mission to save young lives from sudden cardiac arrest, and its scholarships, please contact Ryan Brown, Executive Director, at 617-817-6830, ryan.brown@nickblakelyfoundation.org.

About Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation 
At Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation, our vision is to turn every potential tragedy of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) into a story of survival. We believe this is possible by advancing overall awareness to young athletes, parents, and coaches, providing youth with access to preventative heart screenings, implementing training standards and safety protocols in athletic associations and educational institutions, and advocating for the establishment of legislation supporting SCA standardized requirements. Learn more about Smiling Hearts and get involved by visiting us www.nickblakelyfoundation.org, Twitter @NickBlakelyFDN, or Facebook.com/nickblakelyfoundation

Hatters Pitcher Honors Late Friend By Wearing No. 37

posted Mar 8, 2018, 2:09 PM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Mar 8, 2018, 2:11 PM ]

Stetson University Baseball | March 08, 2018 | Lana Kaczmarek - Class of 2019
http://gohatters.com/news/2018/3/8/baseball-hatters-pitcher-honors-late-friend-by-wearing-no-37.aspx

SafeBeat Collaborates with Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation

posted Feb 27, 2018, 2:19 PM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 3:39 PM ]

 
SafeBeat Collaborates with Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation to Provide Sudden Cardiac Awareness, Preventative Heart Screening, and CPR/AED Education

(February 19, 2018)SafeBeat and Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation today announced a collaborative partnership aimed at preventing sudden death in youth due to underlying heart defects. This strategic partnership will focus on three main objectives; providing preventative heart screenings to students in primary and secondary education across Greater Atlanta, increasing awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, and promoting knowledge and learning around cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) use.

Both organizations have a mutual purpose to save lives and create a healthier generation.

Smiling Hearts is a champion for sudden cardiac arrest education. “We understand that sudden cardiac death is a condition unknown to most families, but with our collaboration with SafeBeat, we believe we can work together to prevent sudden death tragedies by advancing overall awareness and through preventative heart screenings,” said Michelle Fields-Wilson, founder of Smiling Hearts.
 



SafeBeat provides “free” preventative heart screenings to active middle and high school youth along with a CPR and AED education component to their program that plays a significant role in saving lives. SafeBeat also collaborates with local pediatric institutions to supply post-screening care to children no matter the level of insurance they may have.

SafeBeat looks forward to working closely with Smiling Hearts to further develop life-saving education, advocacy of sudden cardiac death prevention, and provide preventative heart screening across the Greater Atlanta area and beyond,” said Sheldon Hill, Executive Director of SafeBeat.

Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation

At Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation, our vision is to turn every potential tragedy of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) into a story of survival. We believe this is possible by advancing overall awareness to young athletes, parents, and coaches, providing youth with access to preventative heart screenings, implementing training standards and safety protocols in athletic associations and educational institutions, and advocating for the establishment of legislation supporting SCA standardized requirements. Learn more about Smiling Hearts and get involved by visiting us www.nickblakelyfoundation.org, Twitter @NickBlakelyFDN, or Facebook.com/nickblakelyfoundation.

About SafeBeat

SafeBeat is a national initiative that establishes “free” local heart screenings, heart health education and emergency action planning programs in an effort to directly target three major long-standing epidemics in America’s youth: sudden cardiac death, hypertension, and obesity. SafeBeat collaborates with local hospitals, medical professionals, schools, individuals and businesses to allow them to bring the SafeBeat Initiative to communities nationwide to prevent needless deaths and create a healthier generation. Learn more about SafeBeat and get involved by visiting us at www.safebeat.org, Twitter @safebeat4life, Facebook.com/safebeat4life, and Instagram @safebeat4life.

CONTACT:

Cindy Vees
Director of Public Relations & Communications
SafeBeat
cvees@safebeat.org
www.safebeat.org

Ryan Brown
Executive Director
Smiling Hearts: The Nick Blakely Foundation
info@nickblakelyfoundation.org
www.nickblakelyfoundation.org

Gwinnett Citizen: Late Archer High School Student’s Heart Continues to Beat Through His Foundation

posted Feb 9, 2018, 4:56 AM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Feb 9, 2018, 5:12 AM ]


“I’m not much of a traveler, but I’d sure would like to go to heaven,” These are the prophetic words spoken by Nick Blakely just a few hours before his sudden passing from the #1 killer of student-athletes, Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Nick Blakley, was a 19-year-old student Stetson University football player and a 2016 graduate of Archer High School. On Aug. 28, 2017 Nick complained of feeling dizzy during practice. He was sidelined by the coach when he collapsed and later died at the hospital. Unbeknownst to Nick, his family, or his coaches, he had an enlarged heart, which led to SCA, his ultimate cause of death.

To read the full article written by Gwinnett Citizen's, Angela Greene, please click here >

A Florida freshman DB’s career is over after a physical turned up a cardiac ‘abnormality’

posted Feb 7, 2018, 1:51 PM by Ryan Brown   [ updated Feb 7, 2018, 1:54 PM ]

Cardiac testing can save lives. We share the story of Randy Russell; a Florida early-enrollee defensive back who recently learned that he would no longer be able to play athletics after a medical evaluation revealed a cardiac “abnormality”.

The article also details Nick Blakely's story and explains the importance of not only early detection but establishing protocols and laws around sudden cardiac death awareness.

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