My son, Jake, passed away suddenly during football practice on September 25, 2013 from an undetected heart condition, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD). ARVD is a disease that attacks the heart and cannot be diagnosed without proper screening and/or testing. Jake was a strong and healthy high school junior who participated in both the football and lacrosse programs and never showed any signs or symptoms of having a heart condition. This is why it is so important that we spread this awareness to help save precious lives.
“Jake was our Kindness Campaign leader. He was in the class that started it all, and he was the one who was the biggest champion of what we were trying to accomplish. It is because of this that I am going to do everything I can to get our entire school behind what Jake started. I dont want it to be something we do for just a week or a month. I want these kids to live just like their friend did every single day. I want this community to follow suit.”
— Erin Parker