Our first heart check event in August, 2021!
We are finalizing details now for our first heart check in Salina, Kansas. This screening will be available to all middle school and high school students in Saline County. Details of this event will be announced soon!
Let's make this happen!!!
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.