About The Janet Fund

The Janet Zilinski Memorial Fund (The Janet Fund) was established in 2006 after the sudden death of eleven-year-old Janet Zilinski on August 10th, 2006. Janet, a seemingly healthy child, collapsed while jogging at cheerleading practice/ CPR was started immediately but an Automated External Defibrillator was not onsite. Janet died later that evening at the hospital. More than two years later it was discovered that Janet was born with a congenital heart defect known as bilateral hypoplasia of the right and left circumflex coronary arteries.

Since its inception the Janet Fund has been dedicated to protecting New Jersey youth from sudden cardiac arrest. We are committed to improving survival rates by making Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) readily available at all schools, playing fields and youth sports events throughout New Jersey. The Janet Fund’s mission statement

In 2012 Janet’s Law was passed and went into effect on September 1st, 2014. Janet’s Law requires AEDs at all New Jersey schools. Since its passage 19 lives have been saved, we expect many more lives will be saved in the coming years.

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