Team PODZ once again partnered with Young Hearts for Life in 2016-2017. Young Hearts for Life (www.yh4l.org) is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide ECG screenings for students. The organization was founded by Dr. Joseph Marek, and to-date has screened over 100,000 students. These screenings can be used to diagnose undetected heart defects at an early age, allow them to be treated properly.
Team PODZ was pleased to donate $50,000 to Young Hearts for Life this year, to help Dr. Marek bring ECG screenings into schools around the nation. Part of this donation was used to sponsor a heart screening event at Joliet Catholic Academy.. YH4L screened a total of 580 students (87% of the school's population), identifying 7 at-risk students unaware of potential heart conditions. As Chuck likes to say, the screening was unfortunately a success, but the results continue to show that we are able to make a difference!
Team PODZ also made another donation to the Fr. Ronald Scholarship Fund at Benet Academy, where Dan was a 2005 graduate. Team PODZ was able to donate $40,000 to the Fr. Ronald Fund in Dan's memory. The Fr. Ronald Fund is a scholarship fund maintained by Benet Academy, and is used to offset tuition for students and families with financial need. Team PODZ is very proud to be able to give back to Benet in Dan's memory in such a big way, and we could not have done it without everyone's support!
Chuck and Sue Podczerwinski were also asked to present in front of the Benet Academy student body. They had on opportunity to tell Dan's story and emphasize the importance of being screened at Benet's screening on April 27th.