Free Teen Heart Screening

1 in 100 Teens Are At Risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

April is National Youth Sports Safety Month, an ideal time to recognize the more than 7,000 kids who die every year in this country when their heart unexpectedly stops beating. San Diego loses nearly half a dozen annually to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), which happens without warning and is fatal in 92% of cases. Young athletes are at 60% greater risk.

Cardiac screenings can identify heart abnormalities that lead to SCA, but screenings are not part of checkups or sports exams. In hopes of preventing a tragedy, the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation will provide free heart screenings to kids 13–19 on Sunday, Apr. 27, from 9 am to 3 pm at Scripps Ranch High School.

The event has been recognized by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, who has a history of supporting community collaborations. “I am honored to partner with Save a Life Foundation for their “Screen your Teen” event at Scripps Ranch High School. This program will help identify potential heart abnormalities in teenagers that can lead to Sudden Cardiac Arrest,” said Brian, vice-chair of the California State Assembly Committee on Health.

Parents can register teens for the free screening at [], where they also can download a screening packet, complete it, and bring it to the event. Screenings consist of a health questionnaire, an electrocardiogram (EKG), and if needed, an echocardiogram. It takes less than 30 minutes and is painless and noninvasive—no needles or X-rays. Screenings are conducted by a volunteer team of San Diego cardiologists, nurses, techs, and nonmedical staff led by the foundation’s medical director, Dr. John Rogers, a Scripps cardiologist.

“SCA is not a heart attack. It’s an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system that may be detected with a simple EKG,” said Hector and Rhina Paredes, Eric’s parents. “In addition, our team will demonstrate Bystander CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)—the only treatment when SCA strikes.”

Eric’s foundation was established to honor the Steele Canyon High School teen who lost his life in 2009 at the age of 15 to SCA. It strives to educate parents, physicians, and elected officials on the prevalence of SCA and the importance of standardizing EKGs as part of a teen’s regular health care. There are often no warning signs—the first symptom may be death.

2nd Grader Hit in School Crosswalk

A Miramar Ranch Elementary School student was hit in the crosswalk in front of the school on Wednesday, Mar. 5. The 2nd grader was directed to cross the street in the crosswalk by the Safety Patrol at about 2 pm. Apparently the driver was confused and thought it was safe to proceed.

Emergency personnel were called immediately and the San Diego Police Department, school police, and Fire-Rescue Department responded quickly. They took the student to the hospital where she was treated for a broken leg. Although serious, we are glad her injuries were not worse.

As of press time, the police were still investigating the accident. There were many parents, students, and staff who all jumped in to help, directed traffic, reassured students, and moved them all to a safe spot away from the scene. Safety Patrol students, who in the past have won awards, did an outstanding job.

Unfortunately, as I sat in my walker watching the vehicles on Aviary Drive, I noted that even after the accident, at least one-third of drivers rolled through the stop sign near the school. Many families with children were crossing in the area.

Please be especially careful around our schools, as noted in Community Police Officer Shannah Kanoa’s article in the March SRCA Newsletter. Drive slowly and carefully, obey laws, listen to the Safety Patrol, and get off your cell phones.

Also, teach your children to cross only at crosswalks. Many parents and students are seen jaywalking near all Scripps Ranch schools. Our primary concern is teaching the children to stay safe.

This is only the second major school accident in many years. Let’s not have any more. We wish the child a rapid recovery from her broken leg.

Bob Dingeman

MMS Parent-Paid Bus Program

Information about next year’s Marshall Middle School (MMS) Parent-Paid Bus Program will be on the MMS website at [] in April. The Parent Information Meeting is on Wednesday, Apr. 23, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the MMS theater. Registration takes place in May. Please check the website for updates.

This program has been in place since the school opened at its new site in 2007. Not only is it an easy way to get kids to school, it also eases traffic on busy Pomerado Road during rush hour.

Lakeview Park Playground Repaired

Lakeview Neighborhood Park in Scripps Ranch got a facelift recently when the playground received much needed repairs and replacement parts. The park had been shut down for several months because many broken parts made it too hazardous for children.

With the new repairs, Scripps Ranch children once again have a safe and fun environment to play and build community spirit. The $8,500 funding was provided out of the District 5 Community Projects, Programs and Services (CPPS) budget.

Last year improvements were made to Spring Canyon Park and the Scripps Ranch Community Park. This year I expect to fund upgrades at Hoyt Park. Our parks are valuable community assets.

I hope you’ll visit Lakeview Park—at 10794 Mira Lago Terrace—and check out the new playground. If you do, email me a photo at [[email protected]] and I’ll post it on my Facebook page. I love to see residents enjoying our city parks.

Councilmember Mark Kersey

Community Garage Sale and Clean-Up Day

The annual Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) Community Garage Sale, sponsored by Coldwell Banker Residential, is on Saturday, Apr. 26, from 7:30 am to noon. The event offers a chance to sell or buy wonderful and unique “treasures.”

If you are a seller and want your home to be placed on the garage sale map, please call 578-5510, ext. 300, by Wednesday, Apr. 23. Garage sale signs may be picked up at Coldwell Banker’s new location at 9872 Hibert Dr., Suite D-4, near Trader Joe’s. Garage sale maps will be available starting at 7:15 the morning of the event at the Coldwell Banker office.

Then on Saturday, May 3, it’s Spring Clean-Up Day. You can get rid of the junk around your house. The event is from 8 am until noon. There are two drop-off areas: the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road; and, the Business Park opposite SR High School. No paint or computers please. This event is hosted by the SRCA and Kiwanis Club.

Relay For Life Rally

Relay For Life will hold another “rally” at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market on Saturday, Apr. 26. Visit the booth to find out more about our event on Saturday, June 28, at the Community Park. We honor cancer survivors and help raise money to fight cancer. For details, visit [], or email Prima Bernabe, event chair, at [[email protected]].