Omar Vasquez is a former competitive athlete and sudden cardiac arrest survivor (SCA). Due to his own experience he became a SCA advocate to ensure that high schools across California have AEDs and are prepared for a SCA event. His interests are in arrhythmias and SCA in young athletes.
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As a student athlete in high school, I had heard about others in my community suddenly arresting - whether they were running, playing basketball, or at football practice. I had even heard of healthy children collapsing during PE or while walking to class. I came to find that many schools, including my own high school, did not have AEDs of their own readily accessible, not even around sports facilities. Having grown up with parents who especially enforced the importance of heart health, I realized that this was a serious problem. Abnormal heart rate even for a few minutes can cause irreparable damage to a person. Many of these heart conditions go undiagnosed, so some may not know if they're even at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
We need to push for AED accessibility in schools. Nearly 15,000 children die every year due to sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. Improving AED accessibility would lower the incidence of death due to SCA in children and in adults who would also benefit from better accessibility at schools.
To mobilize change starting with my community, I developed this organization to spread awareness and raise money for AEDs.
We work to increase AED accessibility in all CA schools. About 15,000 children die every year due to sudden cardiac arrest. Donate to help save lives!
FOUNDER & OFFICER
Anjali Doshi is a former high school athlete and graduate from UC Berkeley, where she majored in public health. Anjali cares about improving cardiovascular health by making health technology accessible to all populations, especially those that are underserved, through public health interventions. She is passionate about affecting positive change wherever it's needed.
Kyle Zemeir is a recent UC Berkeley grad with a degree in molecular biology in hope of attending med school in the near future. With his passion for medicine and education, SHOCKS is a perfect fit for him. His experience in event planning and spear-heading social media campaigns while serving on school and regional student-athlete committees will translate to furthering SHOCKS’ goals.
Natasha Doshi is a pre-med student studying Health and Humanities at USC. She plans to get a Masters in Public Health to create health policies and to educate local communities about living a healthier lifestyle. Her interest in public health and research in cardiology at USC led her to the SHOCKS team to promote better heart health and a safer community.