8th Annual CPR/AED Awareness Day

The 8th Annual CPR/AED Awareness Day honoring Heroes and Survivors of Cardiac Arrest, sponsored by the LifeForce Foundation, to be held on Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Click on the following links to learn all about this year’s event:

  1. Keynote Speaker and Guest of Honor – Pepi Dragotta:
    Cardiac Arrest survivor, heart disease champion and founder of Heroes Foundation NJ.
  1. Purchase tickets to the 8th Annual CPR/AEDAwareness Day:
    Tickets include admission into Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park for the entire day; Awards Ceremony; 2-hour all-you-can-eat barbecue; a T-shirt and “CPR Hero” wristband for every paying person:       https://www.lifeforceusainc.com/lifeforce-foundation/8th-annual-cpr-aed-awareness-day/
  1. Be a Sponsor or Place an Advertisement in our Ad book:      https://www.lifeforceusainc.com/lifeforce-foundation/8th-annual-cpr-aed-awareness-day/sponsorship-and-ad-book/
  1. Nominate a Hero:
    If you know someone who has saved a life by performing CPRor using an AED, or has promoted the chain of survival by starting an AEDprogram, etc. we will honor them at the 8th Annual CPR/AED Awareness Day:       https://www.lifeforceusainc.com/lifeforce-foundation/8th-annual-cpr-aed-awareness-day/hero-nomination-form/

All Heroes, Survivor’s and sponsors receive an award from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, the American Heart Association and proclamations from Governor Christie’s office and Congressman Chris Smith’s office.

Our Silent Auction will feature sports memorabilia, tickets to professional games, gift certificates to restaurants, spas and stores, and much more. All proceeds go to placing AED’s and providing training for those who are in need but cannot afford.

See a real Race Car up close and personal.
Get your picture taken with it.
Children 12 and younger can get a picture inside the car, and those older than 12 next to the car.

All information about the 8th Annual CPR/AED Awareness Day is attached below.


CPR-AED Awareness Day 2017 Event Information


CPR-AED Awareness Day 2017 Fundraising Packet


10th Annual Waldwick Chamber of Commerce 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk

May 7, 2017

Race shirt Kerry’s garden 2017

Whites Pond Mile Marker 1.25 Commemorative tech shirt

Runners and walkers there is less than three weeks to go to join the hundreds of others who have already registered for one of the most “Spirited” Races in Bergen County! Price increases take effect on April 28th !!!

Highlights include:

  • USATF-NJ sanctioned New Balance Grand Prix event
  • Fast scenic 5K course with a track finish
  • 15 Year age year bracket awards to include Dog Tag Chain medals and NB Gift Certificates
  • Over $3,000 in awards and prizes given away
  • Goody Bags to first 400 registered runners or walkers
  • 10 Year Special Commemorative tech shirts and Race Bibs
  • Our ever-popular Race course “Motivational signs”
  • DJ’s, Live band -School of Rock, Photo Booth, Snacks and Refreshments, Ice Cream Booth
  • Post- Race Appreciation Party in Borough Park sponsored by the Waldwick Volunteer Fire Dept.

For additional registration and race information please visit our website:

For online registration visit Runsignup.com

Benefit Concert

The Sean Fisher Memorial Concert
Hosted by Ginny Lackey and Kevin Lackey

Date: Saturday, May 6
Time: Two performances on May 6th
– Show times are 4-6  and  7-9 PM.
School of Rock Waldwick
152 Franklin Turnpike, Suite B, Waldwick, New Jersey 07463

Ginny Lackey & Waldwick School of Rock present a memorial concert event with all proceeds benefitting The Sean Fisher Memorial Foundation.  Performances by the Waldwick School of Rock Showband, Alexa Houlis, and Saorsa.

Door prizes will be awarded at the end of the night.

$15 pre-sale
$20 at door

Heart Screenings 1 at Eastwick

Earlier this week, we wrapped up the first round of the 7th Annual Waldwick High School Freshman Heart Screenings.  The screenings are offered at no cost to the Freshman Class and this year are taking place at Eastwick College in Ramsey, NJ on March 24 and March 31, 2017.  Screenings include blood pressure, electrocardiogram (EKG) and echocardiogram.

Some of the fine people pictured below with Jimmy Fisher:
– Dr. Scott Alenick​
– Tim Eustace, Assemblyman
– Liz Vick, Vice Dean at Eastwick
– Lisa Deluari, Director of the Cardiovascular Sonography program at Eastwick


Jimmy Fisher with Dr. Scott Alenick and assemblyman Tim Eustace


Jimmy Fisher with Dr. Scott Alenick, Liz Vick (Vice Dean), Lisa Deluari (Director of the Cardiovascular Sonography program)


Ultrasound students help give heart screenings

Eastwick College partners with The Sean Fisher Memorial Foundation to provide free heart screenings for HS students

By all appearances, Sean Patrick Fisher was a healthy teenager. He never complained of chest pain, light headedness or any other symptoms that might have indicated any heart issues. But on his 13th birthday in 2008, he passed away unexpectedly from Sudden Cardiac Arrest, or SCA. In Sean’s memory, his parents established The Sean Fisher Memorial Foundation to screen children over the age of 10 for undetected heart conditions.
The foundation is teaming up with Dr. Scott Alenick and diagnostic cardiovascular sonography students at Eastwick College for the 7th Annual Heart Screening to provide complimentary no-cost electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiogram, and blood pressure screenings for all freshmen students at Waldwick High School on March 24th and 31st.

A sonography student learns how to identify key details in scan imagery in a hands-on scan laboratory classroom at Eastwick College Ramsey. The cardiovascular sonography program can be completed in as little as 24 months.

One in 300 children have an undetected heart condition that can put them at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), so screenings like these could potentially be life-saving for some of these students. SCA is one of the leading causes of death in the US: it claims one life every 90 seconds, taking more lives each year than breast cancer, lung cancer or AIDS. Unlike a heart attack, there is no blockage in the arteries; the most common cause of SCA is a dangerous and abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). In VF, the electrical signals that control the lower  chambers of the heart (ventricles) become chaotic. This sends the ventricles into fibrillation, an extremely rapid and irregular quivering that cannot effectively pump blood to the body.

As there are often no signs or symptoms for SCA, screenings like the ones being offered at Eastwick College are especially important. As the college has a long history of charitable efforts, it was a natural fit for this partnership, explains President Thomas M. Eastwick.

“It has been an ongoing vision for  my organization to contribute to the community in direct and meaningful ways  that extend beyond the traditional limitations of corporate philanthropy. One of the best ways we do that is through the use of unique student volunteer efforts, and this alliance with The Sean Fisher Memorial Foundation is an excellent fulfillment of that approach,” explains President Eastwick. “Our cardiovascular sonography students train extensively in specialized hands-on ultrasound scan labs, and these screenings provide them with an opportunity to apply their skills and training in a real-world scenario and for a good cause.”

Diagnostic ultrasound is one of the most widely used medical tests in the nation and continues to increase in popularity due to its use as a safe and versatile detection method. This is especially true as the elderly population grows and heart disease remains a significant risk for many. In order to fulfill the growing demand for medical professionals trained in this popular field, Eastwick College is offering a specialized cardiovascular sonography degree program at their Ramsey and Nutley campuses. The program is accredited by CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) at both campuses, making it a strong option for those interested in training as a sonographer.

Cardiovascular sonography is used to create internal images of the heart and vascular system through the use of sound waves, which bounce back and are translated into images by a computer. Ultrasound does not involve the use of radiation, making it an appealing option to patients. Students learn to check the heart for subtle differences between healthy and diseased areas, determine if scanned images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes, and record additional medical history.

What surprises many is the level of skill and finesse required for the job. It’s more than just scanning an assigned area of the body, as a sonographer cannot capture the entire object at once. Instead, they must collect a series of images and assemble them into a logical sequential order for a physician to read. As a result, an eye for detail and strong spatial reasoning is required to note abnormalities in the scan imagery. All this makes the diagnostic sonographer one of the most important members of the staff, ensuring that patients receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.

The Department of Labor reports that the employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to increase by 26 percent by 2024, more than three times the national job growth rate. And on average, cardiovascular sonographers in the NJ/NY Metro Area make $61,820 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s easy to see then why the cardiovascular sonography program has become one of the most popular paths of study offered at Eastwick.

Pictured: Eastwick College President Thomas M. Eastwick and Jim Fisher, father of Sean Fisher

“If you’re looking to enter the medical field or take the next step up in your training, our sonography degree is a great option,” explains President Eastwick. “There are simply not enough trained ultrasound techs to meet current employer demand, which means strong career opportunities for our graduates. And our students are well-prepared when they start their new careers. In fact, employers consistently report that our graduates are some of their best trained employees.”
In addition to their sonography degree, Eastwick College offers a variety of healthcare programs, including licensed practical nursing (LPN), occupational therapy assisting, medical assisting, and surgical technology.

To learn more about The Sean Fisher Memorial Foundation and the screenings they help provide, visit seanfisher.org.

For more information on Eastwick College’s cardiovascular sonography program, call 201-327-8877 or visit them at eastwick.edu/ultrasound. Follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/EastwickEducation or on Twitter at  @EastwickCollege.

Reprint from The Bergen Record, March 19, 2017