David Brooks Memorial Endowment Fund
This Fund was started in memory of David Brooks, who died in 1995 at the age of 12, due to an undetected heart defect. Paul and Laurie Brooks, David's parents, and sister Jessica, set up the fund with The Denver Foundation.
In 2004, they began to explore medical opportunities to help children. They decided to donate Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to schools. However, some school districts were reluctant to have these small life-saving devices. "Unfortunately we know that children do die from heart problems and that AEDs can save lives," said Laurie.
With the help of dedicated people, the Brooks' forged ahead and on April 26, 2005David's Law was signed by Governor Bill Owens. Now all schools are required to accept donations of AEDs. However, the law does not provide funding for the purchase of AEDs; and that is where the David Brooks Memorial Fund can help.
The Fund has placed 25 AEDs in 15 different Colorado School Districts throughout Colorado. Currently, there are more than 1,500 K-12 public schools in the state. "The goal is to protect as many school children as possible," said Paul. "Obviously, there is a lot to be done. But we do it in memory of our sweet boy. We believe that our David would be proud to be a part of this."
A friend recently wrote,"Our memories of David are still very strong. His wonderful smile and quiet silly ways will always be in our hearts."
Below are other organizations that support the healthy heart cause along with the David Brooks Memorial Fund.
Parent Heart Watch (PHW)
Parent Heart Watch (PHW) is a state-by-state network of parents dedicated to reduce the often disastrous effects of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in children.
For more information, please log on to parentheartwatch.org.
Heart Safe USA
The mission of Heart Safe USA is to create heart healthy and heart safe communities today and for future generations.
For further information visit heartsafeusa.com.
News and Awards
On April 26, 2005 Governor Bill Owens signed Senate Bill 170 requiring school districts to accept donations of working Automatic External Defibrillators that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Find out more information at colorado.gov/governor.
Council on Foundations
Click below to read about the David Brooks Memorial Endowment Fund in a Council on Foundations publication titled “Donor-advised Funds: A Face of American Philanthropy”.
David Brooks Memorial Endowment Fund Story [PDF]
MDC Richmond American Homes Foundation
A story about the David Brooks Memorial Endowment Fund was recently printed in the MDC Richmond American Homes Foundation report. Click below to read the story.
David Brooks Memorial Endowment Fund Story [PDF]
The David Brooks Memorial Fund recently received $20,000 from the Caring for Colorado Foundation. The money will be used to purchase and place 10 AEDs in high schools in the San Luis Valley. Placing AEDs in schools is part of the Heart Safe Colorado Program that Paul and Laurie Brooks, David's parents, initiated.
Rocky Mountain News
The Brooks Family was mentioned in the Rocky Mountain News on July 25, 2006. Click on the icon below to read the full story.
Rocky Mountain News Article [PDF]
The Denver Post
The David Brooks Memorial Fund was featured in The Denver Post on August 28, 2005. Click on the icon below to read the full story.
Denver Post Article [PDF]
Keep the Beat
The Medtronic Foundation is pleased to award the Keep the Beat Community Champion Award to the Brooks Family. Awards were given as part of Medtronic’s Keep the Beat cause campaign, a nationwide outreach and education program designed to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and early defibrillation.
Paul and Laurie Brooks (pictured left) look on as their daughter, Jessica Brooks, accepts the award on behalf of her brother, David. They received $5,000 for the David Brooks Memorial Fund on August 19, 2005.
2005 Advocate of the Year
The American Heart Association, Denver Metro Board of Directors, is pleased to award Paul and Laurie Brooks with the Advocate of the Year Award.
Paul and Laurie Brooks’ son, David died at the age of 12 of cardiac arrest. David was at summer camp and there were no AEDs available. In David’s honor, Paul and Laurie wanted to donate AEDs to all of the schools that David would have attended. Unfortunately, they ran into a lot of red tape.
Recognizing the life-saving capabilities of AEDs and wanting to prevent another family from the pain that they have endured, Paul and Laurie sought help from the Colorado State Legislature. This legislative session their advocacy brought about David’s law; a bill that will require schools to accept donations of an AED. Thanks to Paul and Laurie thousands of students, teachers, parents and community members will have access to this life saving technology.