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The foundation aims to raise awareness of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Very few people are aware of the condition, making detection and prevention extremely difficult. By educating the community about the risks, the Joshua Caruso Foundation hopes to empower community members to act quickly in emergency situations.

The Foundation is working toward a $100,000 goal. This money will go toward providing defibrillators for sports clubs and schools in the Newcastle and Hunter region.

Sport is often a trigger for those with HCM. Cases of sudden death among HCM sufferers often occur during exercise, or shortly afterwards. HCM is the most common cause of sudden death in young athletes.

With access to defibrillators, sports clubs are able to administer potentially life-saving first aid in an emergency. During a life-threatening cardiac arrest, a defibrillator (in combination with CPR) is vital to survival. The device delivers electric shocks, jumpstarting the heart and helping return it to a regular rhythm. Defibrillators are expensive, and so many clubs don’t have access to this life saving technology. The minutes spent waiting for an ambulance could be the difference between a full recovery and a tragic outcome.

100 defibrillators donated goal


Defibrillator Recipients Honour Role


St Frances Xavier Belmont

St Marys College Gateshead

St Francis Xavier College Hamilton

Maitland Diocese Catholic Schools Office

Waratah Public School

Holy Family Primary School Merewether

St Josephs Primary School The Junction

Belmont High School

Floraville Public School

West Wallsend High School

Mount View High School

St Josephs Killaben Bay

St Pauls Booragul

Hunter Sports high School

Hunter School of Performing Arts

Kotara High School

Kurri Kurri High School

Raymond Terrace High School

Whitebridge High School


Sporting Groups

Wallsend Touch Football

Newcastle Touch

Crossfit Horizons

Valentine Junior Rugby League

Souths Junior Rugby League

Lakes United Rugby League

Newcastle Jockey Club

Cardiff South Soccer

Newcastle Netball Association

Charlestown Netball Association

West Junior Rugby League

Hamilton Rugby Union

Edgeworth Eagle Football Club

Belmont Football Club

Valentine Eleebana Football Club

Wallsend Swans Jnr AFL

Warners Bay AFL

Scone Thoroughbreds Football Club

Scone Touch Football

West Wallsend Soccer Club

Cooks Hill United Football Club



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