Heart Screen New York Draws Record Crowd at Whitman
Saving lives through early detection. That’s the message the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation and the Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation work so hard to get out. From the looks of Saturday’s crowd in Walt Whitman High School’s South Gymnasium, the message rang loud and clear. Parents obviously valued the opportunity to walk away with a potentially live- saving piece of their child’s medical history. The Heart Screen New York program was underwritten by Dick’s Sporting Goods. This free screening was utilized by close to 300 South Huntington youngsters.
“Louis’s and Dominic’s foundations are making a difference’every day through programs like Heart Screen New York, and it’s due in large part to committed individuals such as yourselves,” said Ms. Karen Acompora in an email thanking the many volunteers who are committed to this worthy cause. “Thank you,” she continued. “You made a difference on Saturday in the lives of the young people at Walt Whitman High School.”
Open to all individuals 12 to 24 years of age, this simple screening takes about 25 minutes and is the best way to detect a heart condition using an electrocardiogram (ECG) and an echocardiogram (ultrasound) of the heart. If you would like to learn more about Heart Screen New York, go to www.la12.org
Photo above left: Ms. Karen Acompora and Ms. Melinda Murray at Saturday’s Heart Screen New York at Walt Whitman High School.
Photo above right: Medical personnel from many area hospitals and medical facilities lent their support so that families could obtain valuable cardiac screenings for their children.
Story and photos by Steve Bartholomew