Foundation Executive Director and Peyton’s Mom Julie Walker said, “We’re honored to participate at the upcoming Trinity football game, at Peyton’s alma mater, to raise awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest – the #1 killer of student athletes and leading cause of death on school campuses. The Foundation works relentlessly to save other families from the devastating heartache of losing a child to SCA. We are hoping to help Trinity raise funds to install the next SaveStation at COBO Field, making an AED accessible 24/7. We’re incredibly grateful for community partners like Trinity High School who support our initiatives to check hearts, protect hearts & save lives.”
Trinity High School Principal John Cominsky added, “Trinity High School is pleased to partner once again with the Peyton Walker Foundation. The foundation’s ongoing mission to educate students and their families about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and the importance of testing students is critical to the health of our young people. Their leadership in providing training and equipment to institutions like Trinity helps us to provide the safest environment that we can for our community. And we know what is at stake. Peyton Walker was a graduate of Trinity’s Class of 2012 and was only 19 when she lost her life to SCA. We ask the Trinity community to learn more about the foundation and their vital mission at this weekend’s game!”
Peyton Walker graduated from Trinity High School in 2012. Just 16 months later, Sudden Cardiac Arrest stole Peyton’s young life without warning. To date, the Foundation has passed Peyton’s Law to protect young hearts, provided heart screenings to over 3,000 kids, donated over 210 defibrillators, and trained thousands of Central PA residents in how to perform CPR and save a life. The Foundation also provided CPR certification training for Trinity High School’s Football Coaches.
· 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.
Nonprofit organizations and sports teams can request a free AED by contacting the Foundation. For more information on Peyton’s Law or on the Foundation, go to PeytonWalker.org.