Sarah Bush Lincoln's Athletic Heart Screen Program receives $2,000 donation
The Rotary Athletic Heart Screen Program of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation recently received a $2,000 donation from the Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation.
The semi-annual program provides area high school sophomore athletes with free heart screenings that can detect dangerous cardiac abnormalities such as cardiomyopathy, which is a common cause of sudden death among young athletes. Participants are given a painless and harmless electrocardiogram, physical exam and are asked to provide a medical history.
"We feel strongly that everyone should take advantage of this potentially life-saving program offered by Sarah Bush Lincoln and are excited to support this cause," Stephanie Uebinger, the twin sister of Andrew Gobczynski, said.
Andrew, who was a basketball star for Teutopolis High School and Eastern Illinois University, died in December 2014 from a cardiac incident due to an enlarged heart. He was only 33 years old. Shortly after his death, the Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation was created to provide resources to those in the local community facing adversity.
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center will hold its next heart screening for sophomore athletes Nov. 12 in the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education.
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