Since August 1, there have been more than a dozen news stories about a child collapsing during athletics. A prep school football player in Philadelphia, a Wayne State star softball player, a high school junior in South Carolina on the first day of soccer practice— just to name a few.
Chances are these kids had an undiagnosed heart disease like cardiomyopathy. You would never think a kid could get heart disease, but they do, and it changes lives forever. Family calendars once marked with soccer matches are now filled with doctors’ appointments and heart transplant waiting lists.
Cardiomyopathy is the number one cause of heart transplants and sudden death in children, and it's not just athletes who are at-risk. Cardiomyopathy can strike any child, and it has no cure.
As you may know, I work for the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation, the only non-profit funding research for cures. I love the kids and families we work for, and I am proud to walk with Oona and Shay to find a cure this September 27. If you can't join us for the walk, any donation you can make would be wonderful and appreciated!