Since the loss of our son, Frank J. Reali 3rd, to Sudden Cardiac Death, Frank and I have been on a mission to ensure that student athletes undergo a simple cardiac test to confirm they are fit to play, sparing parents the unending grief and heartache that comes with the loss of a child. Yesterday, we learned that legislation has been passed that would mandate the distribution of educational materials to parents and students regarding the dangers of Sudden Cardiac Death. Definitely a step in the right direction! Please, friends, read the excerpt below, and join me in keeping our children safe!
FOCUS ON PREVENTING SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST
Assemblyman Michael Cusick (D-Mid-Island) on Monday announced passage of his legislation which would mandate the New York State Department of Health to provide educational materials to parents and students regarding the dangers of sudden cardiac arrest.
This legislation, passed by the Assembly, would ensure that all student athletes and their families are aware of the risks of sudden cardiac arrest before they participate in interscholastic sports.
“New York’s student-athletes include some of our most outstanding young people, triumphing both in the classroom and on the field of play. The loss of one of these young men or women to sudden cardiac arrest is nothing short of a tragedy” said Cusick. “In many cases more information on sudden cardiac arrest could have been life-saving, and I am proud to pass this legislation here today.”
In 2007, Fran & Frank Reali founded the Frank J. Reali III Family Foundation to provide echocardiograms and other baseline heart testing to the youth of Staten Island after their son Frank tragically died from sudden cardiac death. Since then thousands of student athletes have been tested for heart conditions before playing high school sports and their work continues to this day.