DOWNINGTOWN, PA — Downingtown’s resident Christy Silva has been selected as one of the 2018 Women of Worth Honorees by L’Oréal Paris for her outstanding work with Aidan’s Heart Foundation. This is a non-profit that is committed to providing awareness, education and support to create heart-safe communities for youth regarding the prevention and response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Christy is one of 10 women in the country to receive the prestigious Women of Worth award this year, for her charitable efforts and perseverance in making a difference in the community.
To support Christy and her important cause, vote for her to become the National Honoree and recipient of an additional $25,000. You can cast your vote once per day through November 30th:
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On Labor Day Weekend in 2010, Christy Silva’s seven-year-old son Aidan suddenly collapsed, without warning, and died from unexplained Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Despite investigations by medical examiners and geneticists, the cause for the arrhythmia that “short-circuited” Aidan’s heart is still unknown. Christy and her husband soon learned that 70 percent of conditions that cause SCA in children can be detected by a simple, quick, non-invasive routine electrocardiogram, or EKG. In the midst of their personal tragedy, Christy was determined to take action and keep Aidan’s memory alive. She founded Aidan’s Heart Foundation to provide awareness, education, and support to the communities of the southeast Pennsylvania region and its surrounding area to create heart-safe communities for youth in the prevention of and/or response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
With Christy’s leadership, the Foundation has successfully coordinated the EKG screenings of 1,800 youths, detecting potentially life-threatening heart conditions that went previously undetected in 25 young people. An additional 15 percent of those screened were also referred for follow-up testing for high blood pressure, cholesterol, and other health-impacting conditions. The Foundation has helped passed state legislation (PA Act 35, known as “Aidan’s Law”) to ensure that all schools in Pennsylvania are equipped with updated AED devices – and trained more than 4500 sixth-grade students and 400+ adults in life-saving CPR-AED skills. According to Christy, “Being a Women of Worth means sharing life-saving information that will help other families learn how to avoid the tragedy of losing a loved one. Aidan may be gone but our work is keeping his legacy alive.”
Recognized for their vision and ambition, Christy’s fellow honorees support a variety of admirable causes, from supporting survivors of cyber sexual assault to raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest, and everything in between:
- Shreya Mantha – Charlotte, N.C.; Founder, Foundation For Girls, a youth-led social venture that endeavors to change the life trajectory for at-risk girls and youth through programs in financial wellness, leadership, digital literacy and health and well-being.
- Alisha Zhao – Portland, Ore.; Founder, Kids First Project, a non-profit that brings programs and services to youth who are homeless and living in shelters.
- Hannah Dehradunwala – New York, N.Y.: Founder of New York-based Transfernation, which provides a platform for companies and corporate hospitality groups to donate extra food through on-demand pickups. The excess food is then delivered to community-based organizations that feed hungry and food insecure New Yorkers.
- Genevieve Chase – Sun Valley, Idaho.; Founder, American Women Veterans, is focused on raising awareness of women’s contributions to the military and giving female veterans a place to connect and advocate on behalf of military women and veterans.
- Dr. Holly Jacobs – Coral Gables, Fla.; Founder, Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a non-profit that serves thousands of victims of cyber sexual assault around the world and advocates for technological, social and legal innovation to fight the offense.
- Jennifer Maddox – Chicago, Ill.; Police Officer and Founder, Future Ties, a non-profit organization that helps young people and families on the South Side of Chicago become the best version of themselves by providing life skills training, mentoring, academic support, field trips, conflict resolution, resume building, community volunteerism and workshops.
- Laura Reiss – Boca Raton, Fla.; Founder, The Samaritan365 Foundation and Kindness Matters Movement. The Kindness Matters movement educates and inspires children about the importance of being grateful for who they are, showing kindness to themselves and others, and the many different ways that they can give back so they can make a positive impact within their own communities and the world.
- Christy Silva – Thorndale, Pa.; Founder, Aidan’s Heart Foundation, a non-profit that is committed to providing awareness, education and support to create heart-safe communities for youth regarding the prevention and response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
- Betty Mohlenbrock – San Diego, Calif.; Founder, Reading Legacies, an organization committed to empowering children and youth in underserved, low-income areas and/or those who have incarcerated parents or family members through intergenerational shared-reading experiences.
- Carolyn Keller – Miami, Fla.; Founder, EBeauty Community, a non-profit that supports women undergoing treatment for cancer through a wig exchange program.
To learn more about this year’s Honorees, read their stories and vote for the 2018 Women of Worth National Honoree, visit WomenofWorth.com, and L’Oréal Twitter (www.twitter.com/lorealparisusa). Join and follow the conversation using the hashtag #WomenofWorth.
Source: Aidan’s Heart Foundation, P.O. Box 72258, Thorndale PA 19372