Back N Black
BackNBlack means "things are good now". The BNB vision is to eradicate Sudden Cardiac Arrest, especially with young athletes. This is done through:
Deployment of an AED
Hidden signs of trouble
Little did I know while winning three Kansas state titles and most inspirational player my senior year that I had a congenital heart defect. Though I experienced numerous symptoms throughout my life, I wasn't diagnosed with CHD until I was 47 years old. I was so used to the symptoms that I just played on. I feel blessed something tragic didn't happen to me. Some are not so lucky!
A new beginning
May 28, 2019 was not only my 31st wedding anniversary, it was the day I had open-heart surgery to correct my congenital heart defect. Two days later my heart stopped beating 14 times. For some reason I made it through that grey day. I say grey because the world literally looked grey to me.
During recovery I began to research how I might return to running and my active lifestyle. It was through that research I began to see the devastation SCA was causing, particularly in young athletes. I had no idea SCA was such a killer. I felt compelled to act.
Nearly 1,000 people die every day from
Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Many are young athletes with undetected heart defects.