PHFE Heartfelt Cardiac Projects Receives Grant To Save Lives from Laguna Beach Foundation

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Laguna Beach Communuity Foundation Awards $8,000 Grant to PHFE Heartfelt Cardiac Projects to Protect More Lives From Nation's Number One Killer- Sudden Cardiac Arrest

PHFE Heartfelt Cardiac Projects is pleased to announce the receipt of an $8,000 grant from the Laguna Beach Community Foundation (LBCF). Heartfelt Cardiac Projects will use these funds to provide cardiac screenings and education to Laguna Beach residents.

“We are so thrilled and appreciative of the generous support of the LBCF and look forward to providing more community service and life-saving cardiac screenings to our Laguna Beach community members”, said Heartfelt Founder, Holly Morrell.

She noted that Heartfelt Cardiac Projects’ (Heartfelt’s) mission is to save lives from Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) through early detection, education, and increased public awareness. SCD often occurs in seemingly healthy people who do not even know they are at risk, including children, youth, and young adults. SCD claims more than 450,000 lives in the United States each year, is the number one killer of women in the U.S. , and steals the life of a young athlete every three days in this country.

Public Health Foundation Enterprises, (PHFE), provides fiscal sponsorship services to Heartfelt.

Based in City of Industry, California, PHFE is a 501 c-3 nonprofit organization that serves as a fiscal sponsor for over 250 health related projects in California, the US and several other parts of the world.

Based in Laguna Beach, California, Heartfelt provides cardiac screenings and educational information to the general public, specifically targeting at-risk groups such as women, high-school athletes, and seniors. Heartfelt’s services are provided throughout Orange County and beyond. For residents of Laguna Beach, Heartfelt’s screenings have resulted in increased awareness of cardiac health, peace of mind, and, for some, life-saving early detection of risks for SCD. We have helped individuals ranging from a 6-year-old boy to a 38-year-old man to a 71-year-old woman, all of whom had serious heart conditions identified by our screenings, and we are committed to encouraging early detection and prevention of SCD in Laguna Beach.

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With funding from the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, Heartfelt will be able to:
1.    Screen 800 individuals;
2.    Refer 20-100 individuals to their primary care doctor;
3.    Refer 20 individuals to a cardiologist for serious and potentially life-threatening abnormalities;
4.    Increase overall awareness and knowledge of SCD; and
5.    Provide peace of mind to 1,000 individuals and their families regarding cardiac health.

Heartfelt will hold a cardiac screening at the Sport Performance Institute, on Saturday, January 21st, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 2295 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA.

To learn more about PHFE Heartfelt Cardiac Projects, please visit our web sites at
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