Eric Rothenberg, Washington
In 2009, I was playing tennis when I suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. If not for the actions of my tennis partners, who began CPR almost immediately, and the use of an AED, I would not have survived that night. After learning more about Sudden Cardiac Arrest, I was shocked -- pun intended -- to learn that Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death each year in the United States, taking roughly 300,000 lives annually! In my opinion, we need more knowledge, greater awareness, increased advocacy, and greater funding for heart and cardiac-related research to help identify and stop this killer from taking more lives.