Carter’s Gift from the Heart
Carter’s Gift From The Heart foundation was started in memory of our son James Carter Grace. Carter was a very healthy, happy and active little boy. He loved to be outside playing, running, and searching for bugs. He was truly a joy and loved by all that knew him.
On June 25, 2000 Carter died suddenly at the age of three years and eleven months. The cause of his death was found to be viral myocarditis. This inflammation of the heart was probably caused by the flu he had earlier that week. The result was an abnormal heart rhythm, which led to sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest can be an unpredictable, silent killer. Carter did not have any warning signs prior to his death. Because of our experience, we know how important it is to live in a heart safe community.
Carter’s Gift From the Heart foundation was started in 2002. It is supported by an annual golf tournament called The Kids Classic. Carter’s foundation works to place Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) in schools, churches, and other places where people gather. AEDs provide electrical defibrillation (shock) and have been designed to be used by nonmedical people outside the hospital setting. Defibrillation must occur within minutes after cardiac arrest to increase the chance for survival. Our family has been faced with an indescribable loss. We hope that because of Carter’s short life, others experiencing sudden cardiac arrest may have a second chance.
Thank you for supporting us in our goal –
The Grace Family