C.E. KING – Last Saturday, the Go Big Or Go Home Cody Stephens Foundation scanned the hearts of over 250 kids with the help of C.E. King staff and faculty, North Shore Rotary, San Jacinto Pilot Club, and the North Shore Anchor Club volunteers.
ReACT in a Heartbeat, a Baytown Non-Profit that teaches life saving C.P.R. instructed some 200 students how to perform Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation at the same venue. These were not certification classes but exposure classes and man of the students went from having their hearts tested to learning to save someone else’s life.
“We always try to teach C.P.R. training at our screenings we don’t usually do it at school screenings because kids are supposed to get C.P.R. certification from their school but anytime we have a community screening we try to team up with someone group and teach the basics.
Now Stephens says, “We are going to try to help put EKG machines in schools so that athletic teams can check out their own members.”
The Stephens fight to save young lives for the last seven years as Scott’s family has attempted to impress upon the Texas Legislature that young athletes dying of sudden death can hopefully be avoided with early detection by the new E.K.G machines that have not only gone from being the size of an ambulance to the size of a paperback book and ranged in ability from being only able to tell if someone was having a heart attack to being able to read rhythms and irregularities. It began with a personal note for Scott, his son Cody died in May of 2012 from sudden death. His last words to his father were “Go big or go home.”
House Bill 76 was passed at the end of the Legislative Session this year under the leadership of Representative Dan Huberty R. and State Senator Carol Alvarado D.
The Big Event, the Cody Stephens Memorial Foundation Fund-raiser is this Saturday and a few seats can still be found, although the venue has sold out of the presumed 600 seats at the Southern Lace Estates on Indian Shores Road.
Stephens stated, “I think we are going to try to raise about $270,000 for all that we have set out to do this year including putting C.P.R. machines with the trainers.”