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A Unique Heart: Trevor Hunter

Trevor Hunter is a 13-year-old boy who plays football, basketball, baseball, and runs track. Trevor is the youngest of three children to David and Kathy Hunter. David Hunter has worked for Medtronic for more than 20 years and has previously served on the HeartBeats Gala Planning Committee. David and Kathy have both attended the Living for Zachary HeartBeats Gala for many years now and have been involved with Living for Zachary since the beginning. They knew from the start they would get their children screened once they were all within the age limit necessary to receive a Living for Zachary …

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Remembering a Life, Building a Legacy

Zachary Richard Swirczynski was a friend to all and dedicated to excellence in academics and athletics. Zach was born to Dale (Bubba) and Jill Mollenkopf Swirczynski on October 4, 1988 in Muenster, Texas. Zach proudly watched over his sisters Tara and Hillary with his trademark smirking smile, goofy outgoing personality and bright blue eyes.   From an early age, it was evident that although a momma’s boy, Zach had inherited his dad’s athletic genes; and while he excelled in all sports, football was his true passion. He wore jersey number 45, throughout his football career, to honor his Grandpa George …

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Cloud 9 Charities Makes Donation to Living for Zachary

How can nonprofits thrive and succeed? Well by the constant support that the community gives them! We are extremely grateful for organizations like Cloud 9 Charities Inc., who are constantly making an impact in our community! We recently were given a generous donation from Cloud 9 Charities to continue with our mission in their community. Cloud 9 Charities Inc. was created by Kim Cloud in 2004 in North Texas. Kim saw the need the community around her constantly had and knew she wanted to help. From the beginning, Cloud 9 Charities, has raised over 2.6 million dollars, have hosted over …

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3 Reasons to Donate on North Texas Giving Day!

North Texas Giving Day is coming up and we want to make sure you know where to donate! Our mission is as follows: “Living for Zachary is dedicated to raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) in youth and saving lives through community education and awareness events, promoting youth heart screenings, awarding student scholarships and donating Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to youth-based organizations.” With this, we share with you three different stories to help you understand why it is that we need your support this year! – Where It All Began – #1 Zac’s Story  Zachary Troy Schrah was a fun-loving young man …

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Madison Hansen: Driven by Passion

Every year we award academic scholarships to high school seniors in the Collin County area. We are always thrilled to hear success stories of past scholarship recipients!  This month we bring you Madison Hansen’s story. Madison Hansen graduated from Plano East Senior High School in June 2012. Her senior year, she was one of eleven students awarded the Living for Zachary Academic Scholarship. Madison’s interest in the medical field began when her mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor two weeks before the beginning of her sophomore year in high school. Spending time with her mom at the hospital sparked …

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100 Men Who Give A Damn Frisco Make Donation to Living for Zachary

100 Men Who Give A Damn Frisco is a group of 100 men who want to give back to their local community. Their process is simple: 100 Men, 1 Hour, 1 Charity, Extraordinary Impact. These men meet together quarterly for one hour, three charities from the community come and share their mission, and after choosing one of the three organizations, every single one of the men write a $100 check to the charity. In March 2017, Living for Zachary was one of the nonprofits that shared its mission and story with these businessmen interested in making an impact in their …

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It’s Time for FREE Back to School Heart Screenings!

It’s close to the end of summer and that means the beginning of school is right around the corner! Getting ready for back to school can be pretty daunting to parents because of the long to-do list. One thing that should be on your list that we help make easier is a  free youth heart screening! Just like any yearly physical, a heart screening is just as important to have. (The American Heart Association recommends screenings for SCA be performed every 2 years for ages 12-22). Last month, we were able to partner with Walgreens in North Texas and raise …

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Living for Zachary Partners with Walgreens to Provide Free Heart Screenings

It’s June and it’s a busy month for us at Living for Zachary! We have many exciting events this month celebrating CPR/AED Awareness Month! One specific event we are thrilled to be a part of is our Walgreens fundraiser. This is our third year partnering with several Walgreens locations to collect donations at the register from June 14 to June 30. All of the money raised will go toward providing FREE Living for Zachary Heart Screenings at specific Walgreens locations in July and August.   The “Living for Zachary Heart Screening” is a special screening program created for youth ages …

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Living for Zachary AED Donation Saved Mike’s Life

  The month of June is a very important month for us at Living for Zachary. In case you don’t know, June is CPR & AED Awareness Month! A major part of our mission is equipping people with the AHA HeartSaver CPR/AED Certification and donating AEDs to youth based organizations. During these training classes we train people how to perform CPR and use an AED. This month we would like to share Mike Reisinger’s story. Mike is a funny, charismatic, and caring individual. He currently serves on the Living for Zachary AED Committee and is an avid supporter of our …

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May is Blood Pressure Awareness Month

Did you know that May is Blood Pressure Awareness Month? We would like to help clear up a few questions you may have in regards to blood pressure. First of all, what is the actual definition of blood pressure? According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, blood pressure “is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood”. There are two words to know when it comes to your blood pressure; Systolic Pressure and Diastolic Pressure. Systolic pressure is the pressure when your heart beats while it is pumping blood. Diastolic …