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.