This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the 3rd Annual Scholarship Gala for the Christ Saves Hearts Foundation.
This event seems to grow each year in its enthusiasm, excitement, and participation. In addition to giving scholarships to students who have overcome heart-related medical problems, this organization is also a great advocate for assisting student-athletes who experience sudden cardiac arrest.
Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. Seconds later, a person can become unresponsive and may find it impossible to breathe or is only gasping. It is possible for medical testing to identify people who are prone to sudden cardiac arrest. It is the number one killer amongst student-athletes. One student dies every 3 days to sudden cardiac arrest, and approximately 16 people under the age of 18 are affected by sudden cardiac arrest each day, and more than two-thirds of them are student-athletes who participate in basketball or football. I was recently successful in getting an amendment passed to a bill that will establish a Sudden Cardiac Arrest Task Force here in NC, which will help us address the needs of our student-athletes.
I’d like to thank Ms. Koren Underdue Bowman for her leadership in establishing this foundation and for advocating for those who experience sudden cardiac arrest.