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Operation Screen Your Athlete Fundraiser

Published: Feb. 25, 2016 at 3:52 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 25, 2016 at 4:17 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - You remember Xavier Ramirez.

The Slaton football player collapsed during a game against Brownfield last year and ended up having heart surgery to save his life.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of non-traumatic death in teens.

That's why paramedics and others in our medical community are planning a free athlete screening for students between the ages of 14 and 18.

Dr. Athos Colon, a pediatric cardiologist, says "If we can prevent one child from dying from something that can be prevented, our job would be done."

Aaron Cristan is a flight nurse and Marketing Coordinator for Aerocare. He says they would really like to raise enough money to buy the equipment needed to provide free cardiac screenings to students three times a year.

"So, we're having a fundraiser to generate revenue so we can continue to hold these free clinics for the public," he says.

The "Operation Screen Your Athlete" fundraiser is this Saturday in Lubbock. Paramedics and others will be selling brisket wraps, burgers, and t-shirts this Saturday, among other treats. And of course, they'll gladly take any donations.

Tech football players will be there too.

But aside from all the food and fun, this is an opportunity for parents to register their athletes for a spot in that free screening that is set for April 9.

The fundraiser and on-site registration is this Saturday, Feb. 27, from noon to 4 p.m. at Platinum Bank of Lubbock at Slide and the South Loop.

Organizers say every student who signs up for a free athlete screening must have a parent present.

For more information, go to the Operation Screen Your Athlete Facebook page.

Questions can be sent by email to operationscreenyourathlete@gmail.com.

If you're interested in volunteering, you can contact volunteers.operationsya@yahoo.com

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