Black New Yorker Melinda Murray is making sure that her son’s death doesn’t go in vain. She’s turning her sorrow into action by making families aware about heart health for youth. Here is some more information about Murray’s effort along with some resources.

Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Scholarship & Awards Program

The Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation held its first “Season For A Legacy Of Hope” Scholarship & Awards brunch on May 22. Four outstanding students from 8th grade, high school and college were recognized for their commitment to raise the awareness on sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) affecting youth, as well as for their academic achievement and service to the community. Students from Monsignor McClancy Memorial H.S. and Farmingdale State College were each awarded $2,100 to help with tuition. The 8th grader received a $210 award. SCA survivors saluted the scholarship and award recipients for the essays they submitted focused on raising the awareness on SCA through education, early detection, and early defibrillation.

DomHeart21 Day of Awareness & Carnival – August 6, 2011

The Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation will host its 2nd Annual DomHeart21 Day of Awareness on Saturday, August 6, 2011 (rain date August 7th) at Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School, in East Elmhurst, NY. DomHeart21 Day of Awareness is a fun-filled information packed day that takes place annually in August. This year’s event is a carnival setting complete with carnival type food, entertainment, games/activities and awareness workshops (SCA, CPR/AED, and Health & Wellness). The general public will be informed on the affects of SCA, learn about SCA risk factors, the chain of survival, CPR, emergency medical response, and AED use in a carnival setting. DomHeart21 Day of Awareness touches the pulse of the community. There’s something for everyone; young hearts and seasoned hearts alike.

CPR In High School Bill

Teaching CPR in schools will save lives. If not treated within minutes, sudden cardiac arrest results in death. In honor of Dominic, take a minute to tell lawmakers about the issue. Pass the CPR in schools bill now.

Free CPR/AED Training. Be Counted Among the 2,100 for Dominic

DomHeart21 affords free HeartSaver AED/CPR training to coaches, teachers, parents, students, and youth serving organizations. The goal is to train 2,100 for Dominic. The number is in honor of Dominic’s jersey number which was 21.

Cardiac Screening For Student Athletes

St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center conducts free cardiac screenings of high school student athletes (grades 9 through 12) on a quarterly basis to detect and assess potential cardiac abnormalities that may put a strain on an athlete’s heart particularly. If you are interested in participating in a screening, call the Community Outreach department at 516-629-2038 to reserve your place. Pre-registration is required prior to the date of the event. The next will take place on October 23, 2011 (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) at St. Francis Hospital’s DeMatteis Center, 101 Northern Blvd., Greenvale, NY. During this assessment non-invasive diagnostic tests will be performed, including an electrocardiogram (EKG) test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of the heart, an echocardiogram diagnostic test that utilizes ultrasound techniques to provide a two-dimensional image of the heart and can detect many cardiac abnormalities and a cardiac assessment performed by pediatric cardiologists. Mention you learned about the screening from the Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation.