Gateway Chapter (St. Louis, MO)


The Gateway Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) covers the St. Louis Metropolitan and Southern Illinois geographic area.  The Gateway Chapter's mission is to increase awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and reduce unnecessary death from this equal opportunity killer.  We intend to pursue this objective through legislative, educational, and other awareness programs providing equipment, training, and education for the general public.  We also intend to serve as a support group for SCA survivors and the families of those impacted by Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Linda Dickson, the Gateway Chapter leader, a wife and mother of two, is a survivor of Sudden Cardiac Arrest with a strong interest in ensuring that everyone be familiar with CPR and AED procedures to improve the survival chances for those stricken.

Upcoming Events         
Next Gateway Chapter meeting

Date: Thursday, May 4th, 2017
Where: West County EMS & Fire Station
223 Henry Ave, Manchester, MO
Time: 6:30pm

When heading to the fire station: follow henry ave to the right around the bend; you will see an entrance on the left hand side

Don't listen to your GPS when it says you are here. You need to follow the road around the bend!!!

Our next meeting will be in September! 


Where: West County EMS & Fire Station  223 Henry Ave, Manchester, MO  

Time: 6:30pm

When heading to the fire station: follow henry ave to the right around the bend; you will see an entrance on the left hand side
Don't listen to your GPS when it says you are here.  You need to follow the road around the bend!!!
Feel free to bring a snack to share and your non-alcoholic drinks.  

On February 11, 2017, the gateway chapter hosted their 7th annual Got Heart Trivia night. We donated 6 AEDs and had 2 hero celebrations. We are happy to report we raised $11,000.00. This will help us donate many more AEDS. Thank you to all our volunteers and thanks to the those who supported us!!! We look forward to seeing you on February 17, 2018 for our 8th annual Got Heart trivia night!!!!!

Trinity Catholic High School
Eye Care charity of Mid-America
American Legion Post 444
VFW Post 4105
Jr Jaegar Football league
Vietnam Veterans of America Mid Rivers Chapter 458 






We are planning a meeting for Thursday, January 5th.  This will be a combination social meeting and some trivia night info.  I hope everyone can make it.  

It will be at the same place.  (When heading to the fire station: follow henry ave around the bend; you will see an entrance on the left hand side)

Feel free to bring a snack to share and your non-alcoholic drinks.  

**When: Thursday, Jan 5th**

Where: West County EMS & Fire Station  223 Henry Ave, Manchester, MO  

Time: 6:30


Gateway's 2017

Trivia Night













April 2016
Our chapter was invited to attend the Florissant Firemen Outreach program's 80's trivia night. At this 80's themed trivia night, we received a $3,000 donation for the Florissant Firemen Outreach program.  Our chapter had a great time! 



February 2016

We hosted our 6th annual Got Heart Trivia night on February 20, 2016.  We had 350 people join us at 34 tables to help save lives.  Our chapter was able to do 3 hero celebrations and donated 5 AEDs at this event.  Our 10 rounds of trivia, 36 baskets to raffle off, and 40 silent auction items raised just over $13,000!  We would not be so successful without the support of so many wonderful people!  We are already planning for our 7th annual trivia night!  Hope you can join us in 2017!!!


 Trivia Night 2016


2015 St. Luke's Hospital Rehab Hospital Conference

Our Chapter was invited to attend St. Luke's Rehab Hospital conference.  It was a great way for us to connect with nurses at all the area hospitals. 




On October 11, 2015 we honored 3 individuals and 8 EMS for saving Mark Young's life. A year ago, at the 1st race to the shrine, Mark survived a SCA. These individuals provided life saving CPR and when the EMS arrived they continued Mark's care. We are honored to help Mark Young celebrate these heroes!




On April 29, 2015, our chapter attended the Christian Hospital Hattitude Health fair. It was attended by 350 women. We were happy to teach all the importance of CPR and AEDs.



 Update on Trivia Night

 On February 21st, the Gateway Chapter held their 5th Annual Got Heart trivia night.  We had over 35 baskets to raffle off and 20 silent auctions to bid on.  We raised over $11,500!!  In addition to this, our chapter donated 5 AEDs and had a hero celebration.  It was a wonderful event!!



               February 2015

2015 Trivia Night


July 2014

Last month our chapter hosted our 1st hands only CPR class.  Bill and Linda shared their SCA stories prior to the demo of the hands only CPR!  Florissant Police Department was so happy with the class that they have already booked their 2nd class for August!!!



May 6,2014

 Bill Schafer, SCA survivor and Gateway Chapter member, received one of Missouri's 2014 Senior Service Awards.  Bill has spent countless hours teaching CPR and how to use AED to the citizen's of Missouri!  We are very proud of Bill and all his hard work.  








On April 16,2014, our chapter honored three individuals for their life saving actions.  Vicky Curtis, RN, Scott McMurry, and Officer Kim Berry saved the life of 14 year old Teron.  We can never thank these individuals enough! 





On February 22, 2014 The Gateway Chapter hosted our 4th annual Got Heart trivia night.  340 people gather in the Von Gontard Room at Mercy Hospital to support our mission.  We donated three AEDs to local non profits.  We had over 45 baskets in our basket raffle and more than 25 items for a silent auction.  We had a great game of heads and tails and a 50/50 drawing of $345.  The rounds of trivia were fun and also hard at times.  In the end, we raised  ~~~ drum roll please ~~  $12,540!!!!  We would like to thank all who supported us!  With out you, we would not be successful!!!


SCAA trivia night 2014

February 1, 2014 Hockey Event

The Gateway Chapter sold "chuck a pucks" at the St. Charles Chill Hockey game.  We raised $318.25 to put towards our donation AEDs.  We also had a great time talking to people about our mission.


On November 21, 2013, our chapter was proud to be a part of the Wildwood YMCA's hero celebration.  Patrick, in the middle, was able to thank Jim and Doug, his two heros, just 64 days after his SCA.  We were honored to be a part of this celebration.


On June 6th, the Gateway Chapter celebrated CPR and AED awareness week with a night at the Rascal's game.  Angie and Ethan, both are SCA survivors, represented our chapter by throwing out the 1st pitch.  We raised over $500 for our chapter to help with our AED donation program.

Here are some of the pictures from the event:












SCAA Gateway Chapter Volunteers Attempt To Set A CPR World Record

ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI) – It was a life-saving attempt at a world record in St. Peters this weekend. Volunteers tried to set the record for “most people taught CPR in 24 hours”. Most who came to the event at Ft. Zumwalt East High School to learn had never needed to know CPR. They never knew who needed it…or so they thought.

Complete story>>

3rd Annual Trivia Night

On February 16, the Gateway Chapter of SCAA hosted the 3rd Annual "Got Heart" trivia night at the Mercy Hospital of St. Louis, MO.  We presented the First Washington United Methodist Church of Washington, MO and St. Joseph's Catholic Church and school of St. Josephville, MO an AED from the proceeds of our 2nd annual trivia night.  This evening was full of trivia and fun.  We increased our event by almost 50% and were able to raise over $7,600.  We would like to thank all our sponsors and contributors but most of all we would like to thank those who attended our evening.  Without you, we would not be able to do our great work.  We hope to see you in 2014 for our 4th annual "Got Heart" trivia. 


St. Joseph Catholic Church and School in St. Josephville MO

St. Joseph Catholic Church and School in St. Josephville, MO

 First Washington United Methodist Church in Washingston MO

First Washington United Methodist Church in Washington, MO

some of the Gateway Chapter members

some of the Gateway Chapter members


2013 Contributors to the 3rd Annual Trivia Night:

Missouri Botanical Garden                    Old Town Donut Shop

Las Fuentes                                           River City Rascals

Vantage Credit union                             Broken Bell Towing

Melissa Theime, 31 consultant              Hendel’s

Helfer’s                                                   Main Street Books

Dan Farner, Edward Jones                    Metro East Monsieur School

Country House                                       Nagle’s

Ba SSTarr Productions & Gifts              Main Street Market Place

Riverside Sweets                                   Friperie

Happy Tails                                            Six Flags

John Dengler, Tobacconist                    Dan & Judy Kelly

Soft Surrounding                                    Qdoba

Dewey’s Pizza                              De.Lish Cheese Cake Bakery and Café

St. Louis Art Museum                            Little Hills Winery and Restaurant

Little Caesar’s pizza                               Shop n Save

Portrait Innovations                                TH Photography & Design

Laurie Solet Boutique                             Nancee Salyer, Salyer Perfusion

Cheesecake Factory                              Gallo Wine

Crest Bowl                                              Curly Q Creations

Handyman Hardware                             Scott Dankerbring

Nascar Speedpark                                  KFOU

American Heart Association                    Putting Edge – St. Louis Mills

Innsbrooks Golf                                        Maryland Heights Aquaport

Raging Rivers                                           Zuga Fitness

Salon Ltd.                                                 Country House

Island Carousel- St. Louis Outlet Mall      Paul and Carol Temme

Handyman Hardware                               The Tavern

The Corner Pub                                        Brunswick Bowling

Starbucks~~ Florissant Location              Cannoli’s

Home Depot of Florissant                         Bill and Ruth Schafer

Vera Bradley                                             David Bruder

Dominic Michael Salon                             Jilly’s Cupcakes

B & B  Heating and Cooling                      Doozle’s

St Louis Cinemas                                      Sky Zone

Home Depot                                              Dierberg’s

City of Florissant Golfing                           Lowe’s

Debbie Clifton, Longaberger                     Oral B & Smile Station Dental

Golf Club Liquidators                                 Mitchell James Salon

White Buffalo Massage                              Sam’s Club

Demko Orthodontics                                  Beauty Brands – Wentzville

Chilis                                                          Jake on Main

City of Florissant                                        QT

Legal Technology                                       Dooleys Florissant

Gold’s Gym - Dorsett                                  Pam Gordon



Join Us for the 3rd Annual Trivia Night, February 16th, 2013!

2013 Trivia Night Flyer

KMOV – The Gateway Chapter of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, whose mission is to increase awareness of heart health, is holding its second annual trivia night Saturday at SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton. The mission is to raise money for non-profit organizations to help pay for AEDs- automated external defibrillators.

Complete Story>>


 Florissant Resident Dedicates Her Heart to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

After suffering an episode of sudden cardiac arrest, Linda Dickson has worked to create more success stories like hers.

Complete story>>>

On November 15, 2011, chapter leader, Linda Dickson, received a proclamation from the City of Florissant, MO.  This proclamation highlighted SCA and the work she has done to raise awareness of SCA, AEDs, and CPR.  

Linda Dickson 1      Linda Dickson 2

Linda Dickson 3    Linda Dickson 4


On June 23rd, we had three survivors with their heros throw out the first pitch at the River City Rascals game.  We also had a table set up to help raise awareness of AEDs, CPR, and SCA.

After tackling heart problem, woman tries to help others

Linda Dickson never considered herself a philosopher. ,.But in March 2007, she was hospitalized. Lucky to be alive — and lucky to have a memory — she pondered her near-death experience.

"I wondered, what's my purpose?" she said. "Why did I survive?"

Regular visits to a gym helped to maintain her body and gave her the stamina to keep up with her two pre-teen daughters.

So why did she black out and wind up on the floor of her church, her heart not beating, with one registered nurse compressing her chest and another administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation?

Complete story

On March 5th, the Gateway Chapter held its first annual Got Heart? Trivia Night.  We are happy to announce that we have raised enough money to donate an AED in the metro St. Louis area.  Everyone had a great time, and we have already started planning the second annual!!!

 Gateway Trivia Night






Gateway Representatives attend Red Cross Lobby Day

Dick Byland and Linda Dickson were invited by Dana Garner of the Red Cross to attend their lobby day.  March is Red Cross month in Missouri.  Dana Garner, who is an employee of the Red Cross  and a chapter member, also attended.  The Red Cross is helping a State Representative get House Bill 482 into the House.  This Bill would require all Fitness Centers to have an AED. 
Red Cross A

Red Cross B






Gateway Chapter Representatives Attend Heart Fairs!

On February 26th, Scott, Ruth, & Bill went to St. Luke's Day of Dance & they were able to do something "shocking".  They spoke to hundreds (well, it seemed like hundreds) about the life saving things an AED can do!  St. Luke reported over a 1,000 attended this Day of Dance! 

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Our chapter was delighted to be asked to help with the St. John's Heart to heart fair on February 25th and 26th.  We were able to educate people on the importance of AEDs by Linda Dickson's presentation and our informational booth.  Over the two days, we talked to so many that we lost count!!!!  We were told that over 1,200 were registered for this event. 

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On Saturday, February 19th, 250 arrived at the SSM Heart Fair.  Bill, Scott, & Dick of the Gateway Chapter were ready to show everyone how to use an AED.  Many were very surprised to see how easy you could save someone's life! 

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Even though it was the first beautiful day in St. Louis in a long time, 370 people showed up for the Christian Mega Heart fair.  The Gateway Chapter table was purposely put next to the AED (look for it in the pictures).  How great was that!!!  We talked and showed our AED trainer to a lot of people!  Hopefully, we inspired someone to take a CPR/AED class.  

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Snow does not stop CPR Made Simple Event     

Feb. 5, 2011- Waking up to one more snowy morning in St. Louis did not stop the CPR Made Simple Event from taking place on Saturday, Feb 5 at the Kirkwood, MO Community Center.  The roads were covered and it would have been much cozier to be at home.  Instead, those who braved the weather learned lifesaving skills to help someone who is experiencing a breathing emergency.  Kicking off Heart Month,  the Gateway Chapter, SSM St. Clare Health Center Heart Safe PAD Program and the American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter joined together to offer CPR Made Simple to the community.   The 90- minute program is ideal for those who want to know more, but do not want or need the in-depth knowledge and skills learned in a full certification CPR/AED course.  Participants learned how to help someone who is choking, or who is not breathing or may need CPR or the use of an AED.  Our own Chapter Member, Dick Bylund, told his story of survival to the group as a real example of the importance of learning lifesaving skills.  Each participant received the First Aid and CPR for Everyone Practice Tool Kit (shown above), an event t-shirt and a gift certificate towards the purchase of American Red Cross training or preparedness products.  This program was made possible through funding from Maritz and was available to the community for just a $5 registration fee.  

Several who attended were:  a young couple with a seven month old son, a middle schooler who encouraged her dad to join her so she could learn more ways to help people and two Boy Scouts who were encouraged to attend by their Mom who is in the healthcare field and has been previously certified in CPR and AED.

We hope to host another event in the community in October during Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month. 

For more information, contact:  Pam Gordon, Member and SSM St. Clare Health Center Heart Safe PAD Program Coordinator @:  636-399-6447 or

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On Saturday, Feb 5th, Jeff & Linda Dickson made it to MoBap to participate in their Heart Fair.  It was a slippery drive to the hospital, but having the 4 wheel drive helped.  It was a slow start but people finally showed up.  They talked to about 125 people who were able to see and run an AED trainer.  They are holding a raffle on March 5th for a CPR class for 4.  In order to get into the raffle at one of the heart fairs, you must learn about the AED.  We can't wait to talk to more people at the rest of the fairs this month!!   

   Gateway A



Gateway C

Gateway B

Automated External Defibrillators in Public Places
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The Show Me Mustang club of St. Louis gave the Gateway Chapter of SCAA a generous donation to help them purchase AEDs for the St. Louis area.  We would like to thank them for their support.  If you are interested in mustangs, please visit their website:


 Gateway Mustang









Group pursues cardiac arrest awareness

The last thing Linda Dickson remembered was passing a piece of paper to her daughter during a Ladies Guild meeting at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Florissant.

About 24 hours later, she woke up from a coma and discovered she was in a hospital.

Complete Story >>

Defibrillator donated to Kids R Kids in O'Fallon, Missouri

An O'Fallon, Missouri school has a defibrillator thanks to a mother whose life was saved by one of the devices.

Mary Smith is a member of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association and is helping raise awareness about the importance of people being CPR certified and having AEDs in public places.

Marelly Products donated a defibrillator to Kids R Kids where Smith's child goes to school in honor of National CPR/AED awareness week and after hearing about her story.

Complete Story >>


Hear Chapter Leader Linda Dickson's story and the work being done by the Gateway Chapter in her interview with KMOV-4 by clicking here.


March 14, 2010:  Linda Dickson, chairperson of the Gateway Chapter, was invited to KMOX 1120 News/Sport Radio Station in St. Louis, MO to speak on a fitness show about Sudden Cardiac Arrest and our new Gateway chapter.   Linda was able to tell her SCA story, raise awareness of the importance of AEDs in public areas, and invited the public to join our chapter.  Thanks to Monica Adams with KMOX.



 Health Fair News

St. John's Mercy Health Fair was held February 19 and 20, 2010.  Approximately 1,500 people registered for the event.  Representatives from the SCAA Gateway Chapter spoke to attendees about sudden cardiac arrest and AEDS.  We also had an AED trainer demonstrate how easy an AED is to use.  Here is a comment received from the director of the Fair:

I went to dinner with my girlfriends last night. They are STILL talking about the trio of men from your group. Their stories really moved them...and they said one of the best exhibitors at the fair!  Thank you for being there.


The SCAA Gateway Chapter was represented at the SSM Health Fair on February 13.  The Fair featured keynote speakers and vendors who provided education on a variety of medical issues. 


Gateway Fair


Gateway Fair 2

Gateway Chapter Leader Linda Dickson and volunteers Bill Schafer and Dick Bylund provide valuable information to Health Fair Attendees.



On Friday, February 5, 2010, the Women's Heart Health - Her Heart - Every Beat Counts was held at the SSM St. Joseph/St. Charles Health Fair.  The Gateway Chapter was represented by Linda Dickson, Dick Bylund, and Dana Garner.   The event was a success with over 300 in attendance.  Breakfast and lunch were served and the program included three distinguished doctors (an internist/cardiologist, cardiothoracic surgeon, and an electrophysiologist), as well as a heart attack survivor.

There were several opportunities for attendees to visit vendors including our own SCAA Gateway Chapter, American Heart Association, SSM, HeartWomen, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, and other vendors  who provided education on a variety of medical issues. 

The Fair was a wonderful opportunity to spread the word about sudden cardiac arrest and the Gateway Chapter's involvement in the community.  We look forward to participating in the upcoming St. John's Mercy's Health Fair on February 19-20, 2010.


 SCAA Gateway Chapter Survivors Meet for Kick Off Party

Kick off party

Front Row:  Linda Dickson, Dick Bylund, Mary Smith

Second Row:  Bob Rahm, Carolyn Holt, Bill Schafer


Gapter mtg

Members Jackie Rahm, Linda Dickson, Dick Bylund, Mary Smith

Bob Rahm, Jeff Dickson, Carolyn Holt, Bill Schafer, Dana Garner



Hospital Tour


At January meeting, chapter members enjoyed a tour of the new rehabilitation center and hospital room at SSM St. Clare Hospital.



Bill Schafer, Dick Bylund and Linda Dickson proudly display SCAA banner

Maggie Crane


Members visit with Maggie Crane of Channel 4 news after interview.

October 2, 2011 Ruth and Bill Schafer handled the Health Fair table for the Gateway Chapter SCAA. This was a small affair, about 150 people were registered. We had good interest in Annie and the Defibrillator. We probably had about 25 people actually try to defibrillate and "do something shocking".



Linda Dickson
1210 St. Patrice Ln.
Florissant, MO 63031

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