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