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Nearly Sixty of Santa Barbara City College’s Vaquero Athletes will Walk in Baby Logan’s Honor on Saturday, September 26, 2015

Nearly Sixty of Santa Barbara City College’s Vaquero Athletes will Walk
In Baby Logan’s Honor on Saturday, September 26, 2015
One-year old Logan Elliott passed away in 2009 from cardiac arrest. His mother walks every year in his honor and to raise awareness and funds for heart disease & stroke research

WHAT: On Saturday, September 26th nearly sixty Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) athletes from the football team, women’s basketball team and cheer squad will showcase their compassion when they participate at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Santa Barbara Heart & Stroke Walk/5K to raise awareness and funds for heart disease and stroke research.

It all started when Kim Schuck, the Community Services & Development Specialist for SBCC’s Vaquero Athletics connected with Rayme Elliott, an AHA volunteer and Mom’s With Heart member who lost her one-year old son Logan to a rare pediatric heart condition in 2009. (Mom’s with Heart is an AHA support group of families who have a child with a heart condition).

“We have people from the community come speak to our athletes about the bigger picture in life, outside of sports. How to triumph from tragedy,” said Kim Schuck. “Rayme came and told Logan’s story, and served as our Honorary Vaquero Captain for a football game. Afterwards, everyone wanted to be involved. It really shows the compassion of the students,” continued Schuck who will also walk for Logan.

Logan Elliott was born in August 2008. According to Rayme, he seemed a perfect, healthy newborn. However, at his eight-week baby check, a test was ordered to measure the level of oxygen in Logan’s blood. His came back very low. The family was rushed to the hospital and then helicoptered to the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with a rare heart defect, Taussig-Bing. An eight-hour, open heart surgery followed and Logan was fitted with a pace maker. The family spent ten weeks in the hospital until Logan was strong enough to return home. Following the surgery, the Elliott’s spent an amazing year with their son celebrating holidays and his first birthday. Unfortunately, one day in October 2009 Logan wasn’t feeling well. He was taken to the emergency room, and while being examined, went into cardiac arrest and passed away. Since that time, Rayme has been working with AHA to raise awareness about pediatric heart diseases.

More than 1,000 people from Santa Barbara and nearby cities are expected to participate in the Santa Barbara Heart & Stroke Walk/5k Run, sponsored nationally by Subway and locally by Cottage Health, Wells Fargo, Union Bank and Walgreens. The 5K walk and run encourages healthy habits while raising funds to support the AHA’s research and education efforts to fight heart disease and stroke – the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers.

WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 2015
8:30 a.m. Registration Opens/Festivities Begin
9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
9:45 a.m. 5k Walk & Run Begins

WHERE: Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort
633 E. Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA. 93103

WHY: Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases are the leading killers in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 831,000 men, women and children every year. The Heart Walk brings the community together to raise awareness and much-needed funds to fight these diseases. The American Heart Association is devoted to saving lives from heart disease and stroke by funding innovative research, setting best practices for improving patient care, fighting for stronger public health policies and providing lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat the leading causes of death in the U.S.

Contact

EVENT INFO: www.SBHeartWalk.com or call (805) 963-8862.

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