A number of years ago one of our graduates, Dominic Murray, passed away after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) while playing a pickup basketball game at SUNY Farmingdale. Dominic was just 17 years old. Unfortunately, the warning signs of SCA are very common in young people and usually go undiagnosed. No one close by was familiar with CPR nor was there a defibrillator on hand. Dominic’s mom, Melinda, started the DomHeart21 Foundation determined that no other family would have to experience a tragedy like she had done.
Her goal was to teach 2,100 people CPR, so far, the foundation has taught these life-saving skills to over 21,000! Through the foundation, she has donated countless defibrillators to youth and community organizations throughout NYC. She has already donated one to McClancy and one more is coming this spring.
The foundation has partnered with physicians and nurses from many local hospitals to offer a heart screening here at McClancy on Saturday, April 1st from 9am to 3pm. Dominic, like all of our students, had annual physical exams to compete on our teams but none offered a heart screening that could potentially have helped to avoid his untimely death. Attached are forms that ask about a student’s and her or his family’s health history. At the heart screening, the doctors will perform an EKG. The results of the EKG coupled with the student’s medical background will determine whether or not additional tests are needed and will be performed that day free of charge.
When filling out the forms please fill in the “Home Zip Code” as 11370, that of the school. I ask that these completed forms are returned to me on Monday, March 20th so that we can get the correct number of physicians and nurses to volunteer their time that day. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.