800 students get their hearts checked in Crosby

On June 3 over 800 students began having heart screenings thanks to the efforts of the Cody Stephens “Go Big or Go Home” Foundation

CROSBY – The efforts of a local community activist have helped the odds of survival of some local students.

Scott Stephens put together a foundation that is dedicated to promoting heart screenings across Texas after his son, Cody, died of sudden cardiac arrest in May 2012. The Cody Stephens “Go Big or Go Home” Foundation has found its way this week into Crosby High School. Eight hundred and one Crosby students were screened on June 3 by East Houston Regional Hospital.

The screenings found there is a potential for problems in about seven of the students.

According to physicians of East Houston Regional Hospital on Tuesday just before press time, “We are in the process of finalizing the last of the screenings so I can’t give you final numbers, however at this point 801 total screenings were done. Approximately 500 of these were normal. We have approximately 300 that are being finalized. Seven students will need to follow up with a doctor. We hope to be done with all of them by the end of this week.”

“Cody’s hometown got the message, a great turnout! Thanks to my friends at East Houston Regional Hospital for providing this service in a very cost effective and professional manner.” said Stephens.

Sudden Cardiac arrest is the leading non-accidental death of student populations. About 2000 deaths per year in the U.S.A. occur for those under 25 years of age. By funding this simple, non-invasive ECG screenings many deaths of youths can be prevented.

Stephens also had success in Austin, “Representative Sylvester Turner and Senator Tommy Williams, both who carried “Cody’s Law” were voted best legislators of the 2013 session.”

Stephens asks you to support “Cody’s Bill”– HB 1319 by informing your local State representative of your support. In Highlands and Crosby that is Wayne Smith and in Huffman Dan Huberty. For informatin and to make donations visit: www.codystephensfoundation.org.