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MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

The organization, Heart for Athletes, is on an important mission to protect young people from sudden cardiac arrest.

The organization was started in 2014 by the friends and family of Sam Cockrell, from Daphne, AL.  In 2013, at the age of 16, Sam was a seemingly healthy elite triathlete who unexpectedly suffered from sudden cardiac arrest. After his survival and the extensive testing that followed, Sam was subsequently diagnosed with a rare heart condition.

To prevent medical emergencies, "Heart for Athletes" has hosted heart screenings in the past for Mobile and Baldwin county students who play sports -- and they're looking to do it again. Amy Cockrell is the Executive Director for "Heart for Athletes",  and John Cobb teaches CPR. Cockrell and Cobb stopped by our studio to talk about efforts to host future screenings. 

As mentioned on Heart for Athlete's website, "The more people who recognize cardiac arrest when it happens, and are prepared to react appropriately with proper CPR technique... the safer our young athletes and our communities will be."

Heart for Athletes is asking schools and parents to contact the organization, so that future heart screenings can be arranged. For more information, call Amy Cockrell at (251) 510-7263. You can also email the Executive Director at amy@heartforathletes.org. More information about the organization can be found at www.heartforathletes.org.

Free CPR classes will be given August 4 from 10am until noon at the Fairhope Public Library. You can find out more about CPR classes at www.cemscpr.com, or www.heartforathletes.org.

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