Olivia’s Heart Project first began after Corinne Ruiz tragically lost her 14 year old daughter, Olivia Corinne Hoff, to Sudden Cardiac Arrest in 2004. Olivia seemed to be the picture of perfect health, active in many school activities including cheerleading. The underlying condition which caused Olivia’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Long QT Syndrome, could most likely have been detected through a heart screening and EKG exam. However, routine health exams and physicals on seemingly healthy students do not include these. After Olivia’s passing, Corinne wanted to do everything in her power to help prevent other young athletes from meeting Olivia’s same fate.
Corinne first began her awareness mission by founding the Bakersfield Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation in January of 2011, where she first began advocating for Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to be placed in all Kern County High Schools. Through her strength and passion to save the lives of other children at risk, Corinne successfully convinced the Kern County High School District to place AED’s in all of their schools beginning at the start of the 2013/2014 school year.
In January 2014, Corinne began pursuing her own grassroots nonprofit organization, Olivia’s Heart Project. The mission of Olivia’s Heart Project is to provide the community with knowledge about the issues, obstacles, and benefits of SCA prevention, resuscitation and early treatment. Through their peer support for SCA survivors, awareness and education campaigns and free Community Heart Screenings for youth, Olivia’s Heart Project is here to do everything that they can to Keep Young Hearts Beating!
Please visit Olivia’s Memorial website and a light a candle; keep Olivia’s light shining. Thank you.