On a Thursday evening, August 21, 2008, 17-year-old Jenny died suddenly while playing soccer at a community park. She was a seemingly healthy, active student at Glenbrook North High School and was participating in a practice for a local club travel team in preparation for her varsity season. She was about to begin her senior year, but never made it.
Jenny had a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), which was caused by an undiagnosed congenital abnormality in her heart. One in 300 youth have an undetected heart condition that puts them at risk.
The only way to have saved Jenny’s life would have been to have access to an automated external defibrillator (AED) that could shock her heart within minutes of her collapse. Sadly, none was available.
Jenny was a vibrant, spirited young woman who didn’t waste one minute of her life. Teens are dying every day in this country from SCA, and people deserve to know about it and learn how they can prevent it.
THAT WILL BE JENNY’S LEGACY—AND TOGETHER WE WILL SAVE LIVES
The Jennifer Snyder Teen Heart Foundation places AEDs and implements Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) programs to protect youth from Sudden Cardiac Death—the number one killer of student athletes and part of the number two medical cause of death under age 25.