The Jennifer Snyder Teen Heart Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that fulfills its mission by placing Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and implementing Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) programs to protect communities from Sudden Cardiac Death—the number one killer of student athletes and part of the number two medical cause of death under age 25.
The foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, and a Junior Board, which leads program coordination. The organization was founded in memory of 17-year-old Jenny Snyder, who suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) while playing soccer in Glenview, Illinois in 2008. An AED, the only definitive method to resuscitate Jenny, was not available on site.
Since its inception in 2009, the Jennifer Lynn Snyder Teen Heart Foundation has worked to make neighboring communities safer by placing publicly accessible AEDs in high-traffic locations such as parks and playing fields.
Over the last decade, the Jennifer Lynn Snyder Teen Heat Foundation has equipped park fields in Northbrook and Glenview, Illinois—including the field where Jenny collapsed—with AEDs to protect the youth who play there.
Additional AEDs have also been placed at the North Suburban YMCA in Northbrook and the Center for Deafness in Northbrook. Now the Foundation is working to equip fields in Deerfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, Wheeling and Highwood.
Our program includes:
- Installing AEDs in alarmed, outdoor-ready heated cases that are accessible and unlocked at all times in high-traffic, high-risk public areas of the community—especially where youth frequent
- Educating the community about CPR and AED use, training and maintenance
- Documenting program installation, maintenance and training
While AEDs typically cost about $1,500, the additional necessities to make AEDs accessible in park settings escalates the cost to approximately $5,000 each.