About Us


Our Story

On September 9, 2012, Spencer Best, an otherwise healthy 16 year old, went to a basketball workout in his high school gym. 30 minutes later, he collapsed…his heart stopped working.  His  coach and a nearby adult began the "chain of survival" by calling 911  and starting CPR.  An AED arrived and delivered a shock to Spencer's  heart nearly 8 minutes later. 

Because of the actions of adult bystanders, his coach, and medical first responders, Spencer was able to survive his Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), and have another chance at life.  As a result, Spencer’s HeartStrong Foundation was formed.    


Our Mission & Goals

We are a nonprofit organization focused on ending avoidable death in children and young adults who suffer from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  We focus our efforts through:

  • Placement – Work with schools and organizations in AED placement and program development. 
  • Heart Screenings – Promote and facilitate youth cardiac screening events that will help prevent SCA in other youth. 
  • Support – Share Spencer’s story  of survival and be a resource for families of children and young adults  who have suffered a SCA or are living with heart conditions like Long  QT.


Thank You

Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 

Our partners:

Quinn Driscoll Foundation

Nick of Time Foundation

PeaceHealth St. John's Medical Center


Donate Now

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Your generous gift will help us screen more young hearts, place more AED's throughout our community, and save lives! 

Together, we can make a difference!

Contact Us

Have an organization in need of an AED or support? Contact us to see how we can help!

Spencer's HeartStrong Foundation

(360) 560-4583 or email rich@stopyouthsca.org