(La Porte, IN) - Two Hearts, One Mission. One hundred heart screenings. That was the motto and the goal at a Community Wellness Fair happening Saturday at La Porte’s Civic Auditorium.
The Play for Jake Foundation and the Zac Mago Foundation have teamed up to prevent sudden cardiac arrest. Their partnership is called Team 265, named after the jersey numbers of two area high-schoolers who died from undetected heart conditions.
One of the moms, Julie West, was encouraged by the response to Saturday’s event. She says all 100 heart screening appointments were filled. The testing included both an electrocardiogram and an echocardiogram, so only a limited number of screenings could be scheduled.
West says they hope to host more events like this going forward. Team 265 says heart screenings are one of the best ways to detect a problem before it's too late, and they recommend screening young people every two years.