Shawnee High School and the MCORE Foundation will partner to provide preventative heart screening for students on April 16, 2021.
Inspired by the story of Shawnee High School Senior Zac Spitzer, who had two open-heart surgeries to repair undetected Congenital Heart Disease discovered after he collapsed during a cross country meet, Shawnee High School is offering its third day of heart screenings for athletes.
“Zac channeled his own experiences to become an advocate for preventative heart screenings for his teammates and classmates,” said Clark-Shawnee Superintendent Brian Kuhn. “He not only courageously overcame his personal health obstacles to return to school and athletics but also became a champion for fellow students. This is truly an outstanding example of what it means to be #ShawneeBrave.”
After Zac collapsed during a cross country meet as a Shawnee High School freshman, doctors discovered that he had a coronary artery anomaly, the second leading cause of sudden cardiac death in student athletes. Zac went on to have two heart surgeries, first in Ohio in December 2017 and then in Boston, Mass., in October 2018.
Today, Zac Spitzer is a thriving Shawnee High School Senior who has returned to athletic competitions. Read more about Zac's story in the Springfield News-Sun.
MCORE’s mobile screening unit will be at Shawnee High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 16. Thanks to private donations, screenings will be available at a reduced cost of $40. Click here for more information or to make an appointment for screening.