Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone - even young athletes. In fact, some experts say a high school student dies of cardiac arrest as often as every three days. You have the power to help save athletes' lives. Have A Heart - Save A Life!
FOX 2 is teaming up with the Detroit Lions and the Charlie Sanders Foundation to raise awareness about heart health in young athletes and to raise funds to help students detect their risk.
Monday, June 2, is the annual Charlie Sanders Celebrity Golf Outing. The event raises funds for student athlete heart check programs. FOX 2's Dan Miller will be broadcasting LIVE starting at 6:15pm. Tune in as he talks with current and former Detroit Lions and other celebrities.
On Monday June 2, you can also donate by calling 248-862-7384.
Funds raised will help in the effort to screen and aid in the prevention of heart related deaths of young athletes.
Charlie Sanders started 'Have A Heart Save A Life' after he heard about the sudden death of high school basketball player Wes Leonard of Fennville, Michigan. Wes collapsed and died on the court after making the winning shot in the championship game. It was discovered that Wes had an undiagnosed case of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy — a condition which when unknown, can cause sudden cardiac death. After some research, Charlie found that this was happening more often, all over the country. He decided then to dedicate his Foundation to helping get all students and student athletes screened for any undetected heart problems before they went out on the fields and courts.
"The more I looked into it, the more I realized how common heart attacks are in student athletes - kids from 12 to 18 years old. Everyone thinks that just because you had a physical you have a healthy heart. But that's not always true. Everyone wants their child to 'be like Mike.' Well, make sure they have a heart like Mike! It's that simple!" - Charlie Sanders