PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Members of a Plymouth Meeting family are in Houston for the Final Four this weekend, but not to watch basketball. The family is part of an effort to screen student athletes for hidden heart defects.
This is the fourth year in a row Plymouth Meeting based Simon’s Fund will conduct free youth heart screenings in conjunction with the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four.READ MORE: Man Shot Outside Of Marriott Hotel In Center City
Darren Sudman and his wife, Phyllis, established Simon’s Fund in 2005 after their infant son died of an undetected heart defect. Since then, they’ve screened more than 13,000 kids and found about 100 with heart issues.READ MORE: Stolen Trailer With Barrels Of Oil Leads To Hazmat Situation In Strawberry Mansion
“We do that to try to bring attention to the fact that basketball is the sport that presents the greatest risk of sudden death to student athletes,” Darren said.
With all the festivities going on this weekend, he says coming to Houston was a bit more challenging for families this year:MORE NEWS: Trial Starts Monday For Gilbert Newton III, Philadelphia Teen Accused Of Killing Ex-Girlfriend Morgan McCaffrey
“All the parents share stories about the fact that they almost didn’t come, they were squeezing it in between three other activities, so it’s never something that they want to do, but they’re glad they did.”