In 2007, the Collins Hill community suffered a tragic loss when a freshman football player died suddenly of an undetected aortic dissection of the heart. After the unnecessary death, the high school's PTSA teamed up with Heart Screens for Teens, an organization dedicated to preventing death from HCM. The Gwinnett Braves' generous $1,000 donation through the grant program will enable 15 student/athletes to be tested.
Carol Ranft is the president of the Collins Hill High School Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA). She wants parents to have the opportunity for proper and affordable testing for their children. Ranft is actively promoting awareness throughout the community.
"We want to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children," said Ranft. "Many other High School PTSA's are now offering similar screenings."
HCM is the leading cause of SCD in teenagers and it is 100 percent detectable. If untreated, however, the consequences are life threatening. The goal and objective of the Collins Hill High School PTSA is to promote early awareness. Receiving just one test by the Heart Screens for Teens organization can save a life. For $65.00, you can be screened and potentially avoid the fate of those who never had a warning.
About The Collins Hill High School PTSA: The CHHS PTSA is organized and chartered under the authority of the Georgia PTA. Collins Hill High School PTSA has been in existence since 1994, serving the needs of every child in the school. Currently, more than 3,300 students attend Collins Hill High School with slightly fewer than 300 faculty members.
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