Lindsay Davis

Lindsay Davis

2017 BAKKEN INVITATION HONOREE
New York, United States

Charity: Simon’s Fund
Medical Condition: Cardiac disease
Medical Therapy: Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

MOVING BEYOND A DREAM TO A GREATER PURPOSE

“There is nothing, not even my childhood dream of dance that I would ever trade for the life I’ve been able to live now.” Remarkable words from a woman diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at age 17. Lindsay was a ballerina, pursuing her dream, when she collapsed after practice. The diagnosis required multiple medical procedures and surgeries — and forced her to give up dance.

Lindsay is grateful for medical technology, most recently an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to monitor and correct irregular heart rhythms. But finding her purpose took time. “For years I struggled to find a reason I had been given a second chance at life, all the while volunteering for various causes. It wasn’t until I started working with causes centered on my heart disease I realized that altruism and giving back were my purpose. I wanted to fight so others could have the same chance at a second life I had been given.” With that realization, came her volunteer work for Simon’s Fund.

VOLUNTEER WORK IMPROVES LIVES

The mission of Simon’s Fund is to save children's lives by raising awareness about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and by providing free heart screenings to thousands of students. Since 2013, Lindsay has given her time and talent, facilitating screenings, performing in educational videos, and participating in fundraisers. She has worked to pass legislation related to SCA awareness and CPR training. She also spreads information through articles and speaking engagements. “My hope is that by raising awareness and focusing on prevention, many lives that could have been senselessly lost can be saved.”

EXPANDING PREVENTION INITIATIVES

Lindsay designated Simon’s Fund to receive the Medtronic Foundation grant. The organization will use the money for initiatives designed to prevent sudden cardiac arrest and death in children:

  • A stipend for a cardiology fellow to manage the annual screenings
  • An expansion of GotAED, which provides Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to places where kids play and learn

Lindsay’s diagnosis ended her dance career but began a life dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others. “We are not captives of our condition or circumstance; these do not hinder our dreams or abilities to do great things. We must also shed the cynicism that says one person cannot make a difference in the lives of others by doing small bits of good things wherever we are. Don’t wait for good things to happen. If you go out and make good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”

LINDSAY'S WORDS OF INSPIRATION

"We are not captives of our condition or circumstance; these do not hinder our dreams or abilities to do great things. We must also shed the cynicism that says one person cannot make a difference in the lives of others by doing small bits of good things wherever we are. Don’t wait for good things to happen. If you go out and make good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope."