Location: 2624 Whitman Drive Wilmington DE 19808 United States
After the sudden death of her seemingly healthy 10-year-old son in 2004 blindsided Martha, she immersed herself in education and training relating to the prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in youth. For nearly a decade, Martha served as the Chair for the Board of Directors of Parent Heart Watch (PHW), the only national organization solely dedicated to the prevention of SCA and sudden cardiac death in youth. Martha led the organization through the development of its vision and strategic plan that has enabled the organization to evolve and affect significant change. Now as Executive Director of PHW, Martha continues to advocate for prevention strategies, namely heart screenings for early detection of conditions that may lead to SCA and the importance of being prepared in the event of a cardiac emergency. Her next challenge is to see that PHW’s vision to eliminate preventable deaths and disabilities from SCA in youth by 2030 is achieved. Martha has co-authored several research papers on SCA and death in the young with leading medical experts that have been published in medical journals. She has also been a guest speaker at numerous conferences focused on youth health and safety.