Peyton Walker Foundation to Hold Free Heart Screening in Memory of Student Athlete

This Saturday, October 16, The Peyton Walker Foundation will hold a free heart screening event to honor former Big Spring student athlete JT Kuhn who sadly passed away from Sudden Cardiac Arrest at age 16 in March 2019. 

The screening will happen from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at Big Spring High School, 100 Mt. Rock Road in Newville.  October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month. 

The Peyton Walker Foundation, one of the country’s prominent heart screening advocates, continues to remind parents, student athletes and coaches about the signs and symptoms of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in youth, as student athletes tackle the Fall Sports Season across the state.

Since the unanimous passage of “Peyton’s Law” just over a year ago, Peyton’s Law requires:

  • That the importance of EKG testing and how it can help detect heart issues leading to SCA is included in the PIAA form that student athletes and their parents/guardians have to review and sign prior to participating in school athletics.
  • Schools to include information in this PIAA form outlining the option to request an EKG from a family’s medical provider, at their expense, during a comprehensive physical examination. 
  • The PA Department of Education (PDE) also developed and posts information on their website about SCA – including warning signs/symptoms – and the importance of EKG testing for students. 

The Peyton Walker Foundation’s goal is to continue educating parents and students about the prevalence of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and the importance of Electrocardiogram (EKG) testing of youth.