Play for Patrick was a foundation that was started in 2014 after the tragic death of 14-year-old Patrick Schoonover at a hockey tournament in Duluth. Patrick was a healthy 14 year old had an undiagnosed heart defect that caused him to die on the ice with no previous signs of stress. Out of the tragedy Patrick’s family, friends and generous medical personnel have begun to host heart screenings for youth ages 14-18 across the Twin Cities. These screenings are at no cost to the youth or their family.
The Screening Includes:
- Hands-only CPR & AED Training (Parents encouraged to participate)
- Family Health History
- Height & Weight
- Blood Pressure
- Discussion with Physician (Parents encouraged to participate)
- Share results with your family physician for baseline
A simple echocardiogram test saves lives. A current patient at OSI, Morgan was a 14 year old in 2014 as well. Six weeks after Patrick’s tragic death she was given an echocardiogram for unexplained back pain. The test found that she was born with a defect that is the #1 leading cause of athlete’s death. It is asymptotic and had nothing to do with her back pain. Five days after the test she had open heart surgery to repair the abnormality and is strong 16-year-old back on the soccer field. We believe, the echocardiogram saved her life.
Please consider signing your child up for this simple, painless event that should only take approximately 30 minutes of your day on Saturday, March 4th. Sign up ends on Wednesday so please don’t delay, space is limited but there are still spots available.
Interested in participating?
Register online: www.playforpatrick.org
Medical & non-medical volunteers also needed!
**Volunteers are welcome to register their kids (14 +) for the free heart screen.
Sign-up online: www.playforpatrick.org
Any questions, please contact: