Parents of fallen athletes push to end sudden cardiac deaths

The TODAY Show accompanies Michele Snyder to the field where her daughter died to talk about sudden cardiac arrest in youth and the work JLS Teen Heart Foundation does to protect the heart of communities with AEDs.

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Teens Death Sparks Effort To Save Lives

Mom starts Teen Heart Foundation after losing her daughter to sudden cardiac arrest in 2008.

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A Broken Heart, A Legacy Established

For some people, life progresses in a series of ebbs and flows, valleys and peaks. Others, like me, see life in terms of one sharp divide, one defining moment that separates then from now. My moment came the night before the start of my senior year of high school, when I was awakened with “Rach? Jenny’s dead.”

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Glenbrook North students shocked by athlete’s death on field

Students who showed up Friday for athletic practice at Glenbrook North High School were offered grief counseling after being told that a senior classmate had collapsed on a soccer field and died the night before.

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Jenny’s Mom on a Mission

Jenny’s mother, Michele Snyder, is now trying to protect other children from sudden cardiac arrest. She started the Jennifer Lynn Snyder Teen Heart Foundation to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest.

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A Heartfelt Cause Worth Supporting

Jenny loved soccer and by all appearances was healthy. She was a Glenbrook North senior who captained the junior varsity team the prior year and played competitively for a travel soccer team. One night she was at practice and was pronounced dead at Glenbrook Hospital about an hour later.

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Resilient Women: Michele Snyder

Although Jenny’s heart stopped, Michele’s is going strong: She’s working to protect other children on the North Shore and around the country from Jenny’s fate. She started the Jennifer Lynn Snyder Teen Heart Foundation to raise awareness about sudden cardiac arrest.

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JLS Teen Heart Foundation Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) Program – Protecting the Heart of the Community

Reducing sudden cardiac death in youth by creating heart-safe communities through the placement of defibrillators (AEDs) in parks and fields, and educating the community.

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Northbrook Nonprofit Celebrates Memory of 17-Year-Old Jenny Snyder

The Jennifer Lynn Snyder Teen Heart Foundation’s annual fundraiser raised money for AEDs throughout the North Shore in memory of a local teen who collapsed on a Glenview Park District field from sudden cardiac arrest in 2008.

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