In just the past few months we have heard of several different middle and high schools from all across the US who have held myocarditis awareness events and fundraisers to honor individuals in their communities who have passed away due to myocarditis.
In Denver, Colorado students at Smokey Hill High School gave a presentation about the disease and a young girl in the community who passed away due to myocarditis. The students also bought baked goods and ended up donating $25 to the Myocarditis Foundation. It was an excellent way to bring awareness to a disease that often affects young, healthy individuals! Thank you Smokey Hill High School students!
In Kewaunee, Wisconsin a school dance was held at the local community grade school. While the dance was not designed as a charity dance, the students came together and decided to donate $250 of the proceeds to the Myocarditis Foundation. They wanted to support their school custodian, who’s son passed away due to myocarditis. The Myocarditis Foundation is humbled by the outpouring of support by these young students who want to show their love and support for their fellow community members.
Lastly, the St. Laurence School in Elgin, Illinois has been particularly active in raising money for the Myocarditis Foundation in memory of a fellow student who passed away due to myocarditis. They have written essays about the disease (read the essay here), sold t-shirts and wristbands, which raised $346, and students even took it upon themselves to go around with a jar asking for donations, which raised $50.
These students want to be sure their friend and fellow classmate is not forgotten and the community knows about the disease that took his life so suddenly.
Every awareness event has the potential to save lives from this disease and every penny raised helps to fun the Myocarditis Foundation so that they may continue in their mission of support, awareness, and research. Thank you to all these amazing young students and the communities they are a part of!