About

The Kittim N. Sherrod Foundation is a New Jersey (501(c) nonprofit-corporation) was formed in February 2011 by family and friends of Kittim Sherrod.

Mission Statement

The Foundation’s primary purposes are to raise money: (1) to fund The Kittim N. Sherrod Annual “Live with Heart” Award, a yearly cash award that will be made to an outstanding varsity football player at Edison High School who exemplifies Kittim’s motto, “there is no success without determination”; and (2) to directly and indirectly support research and awareness programs on sudden cardiac death, with emphasis on HCM (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy).

Board of Directors

President, Razeenah Walker
Vice President, Shemiah Andrews
Asst. Vice President, NyAsia Sherrod
Secretary, Ashiviah Fleming
Treasurer Razeenah Walker
Officer, Kielah Barton

Kittim’s Story

Kittim was a first born child who was born and raised in Edison, NJ. He attended John Marshall elementary school, Thomas Jefferson middle school, and was a 17 year old senior at Edison high school. He played basketball and ran track, but his true passion was football. He was the picture of health and youth and was a commanding presence, standing 6ft 1in weighing 185 pounds of pure muscle and energy. He was a dedicated team captain and player who his classmates and teammates admired. On April 30th, 2009 Kittim suddenly collapsed during track practice and went into cardiac arrest, later to be determined to be a result of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (“HCM”). Kittim once wrote that a perfect day for him was going to Dave and Busters in NYC and eating at BBQ’s restaurant or his grandmothers much requested baked macaroni & cheese. He was a respectful young man who lived by his motto “There is no success without determination.” He is terribly missed by his family and friends.

About HCM
What is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a disease of the heart muscle in which a portion of the muscle becomes thickened (or “enlarged”) without any obvious cause. The thickening of the heart muscle causes the muscle to function abnormally. HCM is caused by a genetic abnormality that produces irregular growth of the heart muscle. The abnormality can be inherited (and therefore run in families) or occur as a spontaneous mutation.
HCM affects about 1 in 500 people and is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in people under age 40. Symptoms can include chest pain, dizziness, fainting, and heart failure, shortness of breath and heart palpitations. HCM is often misdiagnosed as exercise-induced asthma, anxiety/panic attacks and depression. However, in many cases people have no symptoms. The first symptom of HCM among many young people is sudden collapse and possible death.
Fortunately, those with these symptoms or with a family history of heart disease can be screened for HCM by various means including echocardiograms, electrocardiograms and cardiac MRIs. If the condition is detected, people can live a normal lifespan with proper treatments including: medications, implanted devices and surgery

Links

 

www.stopcardiacarrest.org

www.childrenscardiomyopathy.org

www.parentheartwatch.org