By BCS Communications
The Nick of Time Foundation, in partnership with Alexander’s Hope, a non-profit founded by a Bellevue Christian alumna, performed more than 250 heart screenings at the BCS Clyde Hill Campus on Wednesday.
Young people ages 14-24 from area schools were welcome to participate in a free screening. The process began with signing in, a blood pressure check performed by firefighters, height and weight check, and an EKG. After the EKG, students had CPR and AED training and a short meeting with a doctor. The doctor read the results and determined whether an echocardiogram was necessary.
Present at the event were Bella Chaffey (Class of 2014), founder of Alexander’s Hope, and her brother Alex (Class of 2016), who nearly died in his freshman year at SPU. Doctors discovered that Alex had a heart defect that could have been detected and repaired with routine cardiac screening. Eventually Alex received a heart transplant and is in good health now.
Also volunteering at the event were Jerry and Melinda Truax. They are the parents of Matthew, a 16-year-old Edmonds teen who died after PE in 2013. Melinda says working with the Nick of Time Foundation has been fulfilling – it gives her some comfort to know she is helping others. Truax says the largest screening to date they’ve been involved in tested more than 500 Bothell high school students.
Her son, Matthew Truax, was an avid soccer player and snowboarder, had a condition that caused an abnormal thickening of his heart muscle. It created an electrical instability in the heart, which can trigger sudden cardiac arrest.
The next Nick of Time screenings take place Mar. 4 at Lake Stevens High School, Apr. 1 at Archbishop Murphy High School and May 6 at Monroe High School. More details are available at https://nickoftimefoundation.org/programs/ekg-youth-heart-screenings/. There is no fee for the screening, however donations are accepted.