Bo Kimble and Forty-Four for Life Team up with Gable Heart Beats
Gregory “Bo” Kimble (formerly of the Los Angeles Clippers; New York Knicks) has experienced first hand the devastating tragedy of HCM. He witnessed his long time friend and team-mate, Hank Gathers, collapse and die during a Loyola Marymount University basketball game on March 4, 1990. Seventeen years later, the unthinkable happened again. During a city league basketball tournament, Mr. Kimble witnessed the loss of another victim to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. For him, it was time to make a difference. It was time to educate people globally about deadly heart diseases and methods to increase survival rates from them.
Forty-four for Life (44 for Life) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to decreasing the rate of death and disability due to life- threatening heart diseases. The organization was co-founded by Tamara Goode and Greg- ory “Bo” Kimble, both individuals who suffered devastating losses due to heart disease and Sudden Cardiac Arrest.
A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE DON’T SUCCUMB TO CARDIAC ARREST!
The mission of Forty-four for Life is to assist the public in preventing untimely death due to Heart disease and Sudden Cardiac Arrest within at- risk populations, including but not limited to persons with preexisting heart conditions, ath- letes, women, children, and minorities. We will empower people to save lives through the im- plementation of quality training programs in Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Heart Disease Awareness and prevention; cardiopulmonary resuscitation and Automate External Defibrilla- tor (AED) use; heart screening; and donation of AEDs.
In 1990, the Loyola Marymount Lions (Los An- geles, CA) dazzled the country with their out- standing style of basketball—shooting the ball every 4seconds and setting NCAA records for the highest-scoring basketball games in NCAA Division I history. Leading the team were Hank Gathers (#44) and Bo Kimble—childhood friends since middle school. No one will ever forget March 4, 1990. Within minutes and in front of millions of viewers, Hank collapsed and succumbed to Sudden Cardiac Arrest at the tender age of 23. Seventeen years later, Bo Kimble would encounter the unthinkable. Dur- ing a New Jersey city league basketball tournament, he witnessed the loss of another victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. No one present that day knew cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or had access to life saving cardiovascular equipment (Automated External Defibrillators- AED). Bo quickly learned that Sudden Cardiac Arrest was a leading cause of death in competi- tive athletes and despite significant medical advances; heart disease was still the leading cause of death among people worldwide. Heart disease was no mystery to Dr. Goode. She lived it first hand with the death of her father who was 44 when he succumbed to a massive heart attack. She knew that familial history was a risk factor of heart disease. All of her father’s siblings suffered some form of heart disease; however, little did she know or expect that 4 days after the birth of her son that she would go into heart failure. It was time to make a differ- ence and join the fight against deadly heart conditions. The Forty-four (44) for Life Foun- dation was developed.
♥ Heart Disease Education and Awareness Community Outreach Programs
♥ Shock the City Tour—Heart Disease and Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness and AED donation
♥ Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training
♥ Public Access to Defibrillation Programs
♥ Youth Heart Screenings via electrocardiography (EKG) and echocardiography (ECHO)
♥ Heart Screening for heart disease and stroke risk in adults
♥ Heart Disease Risk Factor Prevention Programs
♥ Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs
♥ Dental Screening and Prevention for Youth
♥ AED Donation
♥ Motivational Speaking