Spencer's Heartstrong Foundation Donates $8,000 to Woodland Schools

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At the regularly schedulded board meeting on Monday night Spencer and Rich Best represented Spencer's HeartStrong Foundation and presented a donation of $8,000 to the Woodland School District for AED's and supplies. Woodland has been involved by helping support heart screens for adolescents. 

Next month, Spencer’s HeartStrong Foundation will recognize their two year anniversary of establishment, since Spencer experienced Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), on the basketball court. With SCA being the number one killer of athletes under the age of eighteen, Rich Best, Spencer’s father, hopes those who attend the free screenings will leave with education and preparation to help save lives. Free, annual heart screenings are held at the Peace Health Longview, where anyone is welcome and those who attend will learn hands only CPR as part of the ‘chain of survival’. Students ages 12 to 18 will be screened, in hopes of and early detection for those with heart problems in their family history, and raising awareness about the issue. Schools involved have included those far north as Centralia, as far south as Fort Vancouver High School, and Kelso, Toutle, and local Longview schools. So far, Spencer’s HeartStrong foundation has donated 26 AED’s and has screened a total of 162 young hearts.