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Merrick/South Merrick Soccer Club Joins Forces With Robbie Levine Foundation And Soccer Band-Its To Combat Sudden Cardiac Arrest

“Robbie’s Run” is an annual 5K walk/race held in Merrick, New York that honors the memory of Robbie Levine and is a major fundraiser for the foundation.  This year, “Robbie’s Run” is on June 3, 2018.  As a result, Merrick/South Merrick (PAL) Soccer Club has chosen the June 2/3 weekend to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). 

SCA is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, striking more than 340,000 victims each year.  SCA can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere.  More than half of the SCA episodes are caused by ventricular fibrillation (V-Fib).  Studies have shown that the survival rate for V-Fib victims with CPR alone is only 3%.  Without the application of an automated external defibrillator (AED) within the first 10 minutes, the episode is usually fatal.  However, the availability and immediate use of an AED by any trained personnel increases the survival rate to as high as 90%.  Immediate available of AED’s in places such as youth athletic game and practice fields are critically important.

The Club, along with the Robbie Levine Foundation and Soccer Band-Its LLC, have joined forces in that fight. Soccer Band-Its LLC, a locally owned and operated company providing custom soccer gear to clubs, trainers, and tournaments, has donated over 1,200 pairs of red colored lace keepers bearing the “Forever 9” logo to the Merrick/South Merrick (PAL) Soccer Club for players to wear during their soccer games during the June 2/3, 2018 weekend.  Additionally, the players will provide free pairs to their opponents during those games. 

 “Forever 9” – the Robbie Levine Foundation - was founded to honor the memory of Robbie Levine, a happy, healthy nine-year old boy whose life revolved around his family and friends.  Robbie died suddenly on September 27, 2005 when his heart stopped while he was on the practice field.  When Robbie collapsed on the ball field, no defibrillator was available on the scene and, although his father, Dr. Craig Levine, performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Robbie could not be revived.  In the wake of this unimaginable tragedy in their lives, Robbie’s parent, Jill and Dr. Craig Levine, created the Robbie Levine Foundation to ensure that no other parent should have to undergo the horror that they have faced.  Since Robbie’s tragedy, the foundation has donated hundreds of AEDs to youth sports and schools.

To make donations to The Robbie Levine Foundation and/or register for “Robbie’s Run”, go to www.soccerbandits.com.  100% of donations made will go directly to The Robbie Levine Foundation.  In turn, The Robbie Levine Foundation will purchase AEDs and coordinate their distribution to youth soccer clubs.

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