This just in, from Simon's Fund, a nonprofit that seeks to identify children with heart defects who might be in danger of dying:
On Saturday, September 17, Simon’s Fund will host a free heart screening for Radnor School District students, aged 10 – 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Radnor High School. Conducted by the medical team from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) led by Dr. Victoria Vetter, each student will receive an ECG exam, a physical exam, and if necessary, an echocardiogram. Simon’s Fund’s Radnor screening is being held with the support of Simon Prushan, a Radnor Middle School student who selected Simon's Fund as his bar mitzvah project.
"When I learned that Simon's Fund screen's kid's hearts to help prevent deaths, I thought it was important," says Simon Prushan. "I thought that if I did this I could make a difference in the community by saving one or two peoples lives."
Every year thousands of children, like local student Akhir Frazier, die too soon from sudden cardiac arrest. A simple heart screening, like the one being offered by Simon’s Fund, will detect up to 85 percent of the conditions that lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death. Students may register for the screening at simonsfund.org/register.