Automated Cardiac Defibrillators

Updated Tuesday March 27, 2018 by Steve Schnur.

On March 25, 2000, Louis J. Acompora died from a condition known as commotio cordis, which resulted from a blow to his chest while playing lacrosse during his first high school game. He was only 14 years old.

This fatal condition quickly leads to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). It is a poorly recognized and underreported event that  affects healthy young athletes. Following Louis’ tragic death the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation has dedicated its mission to raising awareness among schools and other public institutions about the importance of owning automated external defibrillators (AED), a simple device that would have saved Louis' life.

The Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation was founded to ensure that similar tragedies are prevented. The Foundation is committed to improving sports safety by training coaches, sports personnel and bystanders to recognize  SCA and respond immediately. Basic life support training and access to life-saving defibrillators in all schools and youth athletic organizations are crucial to achieve this goal.

Every life saved is a victory. Please make a donation today and help us continue to save young lives.