Living for Zachary

A nonprofit organization

The Impact :

11,070 Living for Zachary Heart Screenings performed to date

668 AEDs donated to youth-based organizations

3,498 CPR/AED certifications provided

144 student scholarships awarded 

600+ awareness events attended

Our Needs

For too many young hearts in North Texas, the clock is running down.  Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) claims the lives of thousands of youth each year in the United States, leaving families devastated as they pick up the pieces.  Together, we have the power to change that. 

For 14 years, Living for Zachary has been working to defeat sudden cardiac arrest in North Texas and give our children's hearts a second chance through youth heart screenings, AED donations, CPR training, education, and more.  As our programs have expanded rapidly over the last several years, our Team has grown to thousands of passionate Texans who are ready to stand up and fight for young hearts.  But in order to keep expanding and touch unreached hearts in new communities, we need YOU on our Team.  Will you join the huddle to spread the mission far and wide?

By joining Living for Zachary with a gift on North Texas Giving Day, you become the hero for thousands of children across North Texas and send the message that we won't stop fighting for them.

Your support will help make the following impact:

  • Provide youth heart screenings at no cost to children who may not otherwise be able to receive
  • Enable large-scale AED donations to youth-based organizations and school districts across the state of Texas
  •  Certify more people in the use of CPR and AEDs at no cost to them
  • Support new programs and initiatives such as our school-based SCA prevention program, SuperHeart Schools
  • Provide critical education materials on the dangers of SCA in youth and life-saving tools to communities without these resources

The clock is ticking...we need YOU in the Living for Zachary huddle!


Living for Zachary's mission is to raise awareness and prevent sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in youth. The organization was founded in honor of Zachary Schrah, who was only 16 years old when he collapsed without warning during a high school football practice in Plano on April 2, 2009. After Zachary's death, his mother Karen founded Living for Zachary, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in June of 2009. Since its inception, Living for Zachary has impacted thousands of families and children across Texas through youth heart screenings, AED donations, CPR/AED certification classes, scholarships, and awareness events.

For too many young hearts, the clock is running out...but we have the power to make a difference. On September 22nd, we invite you to Get in the Huddle with the Living for Zachary Team as we seek to win the fight against sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in youth!

Organization Data


Organization name

Living for Zachary

Tax id (EIN)




Youth & Children

Operating Budget

$500,000 - $999,999

Counties Served

Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Grayson, Hunt, Johnson, Navarro, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant

BIPOC Leadership

Board Chair


14330 Midway Road Suite 128
Farmers Branch, TX 75244



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