On September 8, the Play For Jake Foundation screened 1,031 middle and high school students within the New Prairie United School Corporation.
"We were so pleased to see so many kids take advantage of these screenings," said P4J Founder, Julie Schroeder. "As a teacher with NPUSC, it meant so much knowing my former students had the opportunity to have their hearts checked."
The screenings, which were free of charge to students thanks to the Play For Jake Foundation, took place in the middle school gymnasium. The process entails a 30 second electrocardiogram (EKG) and is completely painless.
Young Hearts for Life (YH4L), an organization nationally known for its unique screening program that happens to also be the largest screening program in the United States, has screened over 150,00 students for conditions that may lead to sudden cardiac death (SCA). While YH4L provided the screening program, the Play For Jake Foundation arranged volunteers to help in the screening process, as well as paid for the entirety of the screenings for students.
"Knowing that we were able to cover the costs of the screenings for each student who was involved is so rewarding," said Schroeder. "This is why we work so hard all year long fundraising and raising awareness."
This event follows the foundation's 2015 screenings at the LaPorte Community School Corporation where 1,517 students from the middle and high schools where tested for heart abnormalities.
Schroeder is already looking forward to the next opportunity to screen students and potentially save another life.
The Play For Jake Foundation is determined to create awareness and educate parents and youth about the dangers of undetected heart conditions.
We want to prevent sudden cardiac arrest among our youth by providing screening and protection programs for middle schools and high schools to ensure children are offered routine heart screenings for undetected heart conditions.
The risk is real. The solution is simple.
We are dedicated to the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest in school-age children. Our hope is to save lives and help prevent this tragedy from happening to other families.
Create an Awareness Campaign to educate parents and youth about the dangers of undetected heart conditions and how to prevent sudden cardiac arrest among our youth. This campaign would provide screening and protection programs. These would include educational materials and funds for middle and high schools to ensure children are offered routine heart screenings for undetected heart conditions.