Helping save young lives through education, awareness and early detection
Registration for our February 24, 2018
Student Heart Screen is now Open!

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On behalf of our family, foundation board members, and Spencer himself, thank you so much for your prayers and support.  Since Spencer's survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), we have learned so much about this amazing cause and others involved in it. 

Had it not been for the heroics of many that evening of September 9th, 2012, Spencer would not have survived.  It is our comfort and belief that Spencer has a greater purpose in life and that his survival, and those that were there for him that night were put there for a reason.

Spencer's survival is a gift that we are so fortunate to have.  We believe that because of our gift, it is incumbent upon us to pay it forward as much as possible.  As a result, Spencer wanted to help educate and prepare others so that we can have more stories of survival.

We are inspired by so many others in the SCA community (known affectionately as "the family we never wanted to be a part of"), who have embraced us and shown us an amazing example of giving back.  We are excited to be a part of their work, to help bring awareness, prepare others so we can increase survival rates, place AED's in our schools, and screen young hearts.

Please help us on our journey with others in this cause to end SCA in our youth.  We hope our website and other events will help inspire you to participate, support, and make a difference.

Thank you again for your continued support!

Rich Best
Spencer's HeartStrong Foundation


A high school gymnasium full of young athletes participating in a pick up basketball game, and getting in a routine workout.  The gym is full of student and parents preparing for the upcoming season.  A season full of excitement and anticipation for a successful team.

In the midst of the game, a young athlete calls time out.  Places his hands on his knees and then suddenly collapses.  He is not breathing and lies motionless on the floor.  His heart has stopped due to sudden cardiac arrest.

Don't think it can happen to you...? 

It happened to Spencer.  And it happens to more kids each year in the U.S. than you may know.

Are you ready?  Will you know what to do & how to help?

Our Vision

    Through Spencer's story of survival, we strive to inspire others to take action to become better educated, prepared, and take part in heart screenings that can prevent other youth from experiencing SCA.

    To learn more about our story, Click Here!

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