On May 20, 2005 Travis was three weeks away from graduation from the 8th grade when he collapsed at his middle school. He had suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest caused by a previously undiagnosed heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. He was taken to Children’s Hospital in San Diego by life-flight helicopter. Travis spent a total of four weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. An MRI was taken to ascertain the extent of the damage to his brain. The MRI revealed massive brain cell death – Travis had gone 23 minutes without circulation. He was blind, he was completely paralyzed, he could not speak and he could not chew or swallow. Travis died a week later on June 25, 2005. He was 14 years old.
The Travis R. Roy Sudden Cardiac Arrest Fund was created in memory of Travis. Our motto reflects our mission “Raising awareness so others may survive”.
Our mission is to raise public awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest; to encourage people to have heart screenings; to protect kids from Sudden Cardiac Arrest and death by encouraging people to learn CPR and by raising funds for the placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) in California schools and public facilities.