Partners we support


The Joe Plant Memorial Fund was created to give back to the community in ways that Joe was passionate about; health, fitness and service to others. The mission of the Joe Plant Memorial Fund is to give other's those same opportunities.

We support the educational needs of future law enforcement officers, achieved through a scholarship fund at St. Cloud State University, Joe's alma mater. Since 2008, we have raised nearly $30,000 in scholarship funds for the St. Cloud State University Criminal Justice Program.

More recently, the mission has expanded to also support Parent Heart Watch, dedicated to eliminating preventable deaths in youth from sudden cardiac arrest.  The memorial fund supports Parent Heart Watch at the national level, and has donated three AED's to youth recreation centers in St. Paul,  MN. If you are interested in learning more about being an AED recipient in the future, please submit a request using the form below or email



·        11 years of the Joe Plant Memorial Run

·        Nearly $30,000 raised for scholarships for the Criminal Justice Association at St. Cloud State University

·        Donation of 3 AEDs in the last 2 years, deployed in Joe's hometown of St. Paul at Wilder Rec Center, Hazel Park Rec Center and Duluth & Case Recreation Center.

·        Close to 3,500 participants 

Financial proceeds continue to benefit those with a goal to serve their communities through a scholarship fund at St. Cloud State University.

The Joseph Plant Living the Dream scholarship is a $2,000 scholarship awarded annually to a junior or senior student enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program. Applicants must be pursuing a career in Criminal Justice, have a strong GPA as well as community involvement and an advocate of physical fitness. To learn more about becoming a scholarship recipient in the future, go to

Parent Heart Watch (PHW) is the only national advocacy organization focused solely on protecting youth from sudden cardiac arrest. PHW is comprised of parents and other advocates who have been personally touched by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) or sudden cardiac death (SCD) and who now put their time and effort into preventing SCA/SCD in the young throughout their community.

This union has been the inspiration for groundbreaking research studies to fill the critical void of data on youth lost to SCA, as well as important collaborations and coalitions that advance prevention. Our program drives the national dialogue on youth SCA/SCD prevention, with PHWcontinually working to motivate education, sports, medical and legislative communities to address a syndrome The Wall Street Journal has called “one of medicine’s most catastrophic and little-understood events.”

PHW members currently run 111 programs in 39 states, focusing on primary prevention of SCA/SCD through early detection and/or being prepared in case of a cardiac emergency. These programs partner with medical champions to offer free or affordable youth cardiac screenings with an electrocardiogram (ECG); advocate for emergency preparedness by placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs); teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and AED use; and support the development of cardiac emergency response plans wherever youth congregate. Together our national, regional and community prevention efforts impact hundreds of thousands of youth, parents, educators, athletic directors, coaches and allied health professionals. PHW also advocates on local, state and federal levels for SCA prevention legislation, and for a National Registry for SCA in youth reporting.

Parent Heart Watch is a 501(c)3 non-profit incorporated in 2005.

Become a Partner

If you would like to partner with us, by way of donating time and/or resources for the event, or if you would be interested in learning more about becoming the recepient of an AED donation, please fill out the form below and we will get back to you.

Name *