Kevin was born on April 8, 1992. His big brown eyes and infectious grin would become his trademark. His goal was always to make someone laugh. Kevin started playing hockey at the age of three and played competitively until the time of his passing. Being one who loved sports, he also participated in baseball, lacrosse, golf and was a member of the Springfield Rifle Rugby Team. As many of Kevin’s teammates would tell you, his motto was “No Excuses, Play Like A Champion”. Off the ice or field, Kevin would live by another motto:
“Live Every Day, Laugh Every Moment, Love Beyond Words.”
Everyone who knew, or had an opportunity to meet Kevin, knew he lived his life and played with a “Big Heart." Unfortunately on July 11, 2011, this physical “big heart” took our son, brother, grandson, and friend from this earth. What we later discovered is that Kevin actually had a condition called “Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)." He had experienced no symptoms. According to the Center for Disease Control, 5,000 young people between 15 and 34 years of age die annually from “Sudden Cardiac Arrest." The leading cause of death is HCM, an abnormally enlarged heart muscle.
With this new knowledge, KEVS Foundation will sponsor cardiac screenings for young people in our community. Each screening will include an EKG, ECHO cardiogram, Height and Weight measurements, review of family history, blood pressure check, education on CPR and AED information. The value of each screening is approximately $3,000.
All screenings are FREE of charge with a request of a donation based on financial ability. Our goal is to help raise awareness of “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” through education, cardiovascular screenings for young persons and to provide state of the art Automatic Emergency Defibrillators (AED) in our communities. Donations from these screenings will go towards purchasing AEDs for our communities.