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In Memory of Chatham Resident - John Taylor Babbitt Foundation, Walk With Heart Set for May 11

Senior coordinator’s of the John Taylor Babbitt Walk with Heart from left: Julian Greer, Haley LaFontaine, and Max Helfman

On Sunday, May 11, the Pingry School, in Basking Ridge will be the site of the 7th Annual Walk with Heart fundraiser to benefit the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation in its effort to prevent sudden cardiac death.  The Walk with Heart is sponsored by the JTB Foundation and organized by students in The Pingry School’s JTB Club.

 The JTB Foundation is named in memory of Chatham resident, John Taylor Babbitt, who was 16 years old and a junior at The Pingry School when he passed away due to sudden cardiac arrest during a recreational basketball game at St. Patrick’s Church in Chatham.

The Foundation was established in John’s memory and is dedicated to the prevention of sudden cardiac death particularly among young people. Current foundation initiatives include supporting defibrillator legislation, raising awareness on the prevalence of sudden cardiac death, and working to increase defibrillator availability on local playing fields.

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The Walk with Heart registration begins at 9:30 followed by the Walk at 10.  The Pingry School is easily reached from Exit 33 on Route 78.  Registration, directions, and further information are available on-line at the foundation website

All participants will receive an event t-shirt as well as complimentary food and beverages.  Music, a raffle, and wonderful prizes make the event fun for all ages.

The Foundation’s Vice President, JoAnne Taylor Babbitt, testified in early 2012 in Trenton in support of changes to the Good Samaritan law in an effort to reduce Good Samaritan liability when using Automatic External Defibrillators in emergency situations.  The success of this effort has led to a change in the law. 


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