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Sanford-Brown College – Grand Rapids Joins Metro Health Initiative to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death

March 12, 2012 General 0 Comments

Sanford-Brown College - Grand Rapids teamed up with various community partners to include Metro Health Sports Medicine and Metro Heart & Vascular in a fundraiser to launch a West Michigan program for free student athlete cardiac screenings. The collaboration of events and activities including Forest Hills Eastern High athletes and student groups was also to raise awareness on sudden cardiac death, a rare and tragic health issue.

In addition to sponsorship and school events, funds were raised through t-shirt sales. The student-designed shirts were also sold at varsity faceoff games. A ceremony and presentation thanking sponsors was the halftime spotlight. The Grand Rapids campus of Sanford-Brown College was represented as a sponsor, and the school’s logo displayed on shirts worn by the students, faculty, school administrators and attendees. Collectively, more than $20,000 was raised for screenings and health education for student athletes.

Throughout West Michigan, several communities have been touched by sudden death and related traumas; more awareness leads to added prevention. Most importantly, funding for programs like this will help more students with early detection and allow them to get the attention needed to remain healthy and strong.

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