Our first heart check event is set! August 14, 2021!
We've finalized details for our first heart check event in Salina, Kansas. It will take place at Kansas Wesleyan University. This critical screening is available to all middle and high school students in Saline County. To learn more or register your child, go to
Financial assistance is available to those who qualify!!!
Hidden signs of trouble
Little did I know while winning three Kansas state titles and most inspirational player my senior year that I had a congenital heart defect. Though I experienced numerous symptoms throughout my life, I wasn't diagnosed with CHD until I was 47 years old. I was so used to the symptoms that I just played on. I feel blessed something tragic didn't happen to me. Some are not so lucky!
A new beginning
May 28, 2019 was not only my 31st wedding anniversary, it was the day I had open-heart surgery to correct my congenital heart defect. Two days later my heart stopped beating 14 times. For some reason I made it through that grey day. I say grey because the world literally looked grey to me.
During recovery I began to research how I might return to running and my active lifestyle. It was through that research I began to see the devastation SCA was causing, particularly in young athletes. I had no idea SCA was such a killer. I felt compelled to act.
Nearly 1,000 people die every day from
Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Many are young athletes with undetected heart defects.