ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — According to the American Heart Association, while one in eight American women die of breast cancer, one in three women die from cardiovascular disease. Nearly 60 million Americans suffer from heart disease today, and each year 700,000 Americans have a new or repeat stroke. This year, Edgewood Senior High School is partnering with the American Heart Association to make a difference and show their heart.
Edgewood will be hosting their very first Red-Out game, a fund-raiser to benefit cardiovascular disease research for the American Heart Association. The RED OUT (Recognize-Educate-Dedicate-Orchestrate-Understand-Teach) game will be held during Edgewood’s regular season game against Jefferson on Dec. 18 starting at 6 p.m. junior varsity game and 7:30 p.m. varsity game. There will be information on a healthy heart lifestyle and free blood-pressure screenings for those in attendance. All proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.
This cause is very significant to members of Edgewood, especially Christina Fischer, Edgewood athletic manager, whose father has lived with heart disease for most of his adult life. “He had his first heart attack when I was in the third grade, in 1980, and has had several more since then,” said Fischer. ”Every time we go to the Cleveland Clinic, the advancements and technologies they have there are just amazing and overwhelming thanks to the research in the cardiovascular field, most of which are funded by the AHA.”
If you would like to do your part to help, donate $10 to the AHA and receive your “Rock The Beat,” T-shirt from the AHA and wear it to the Red-Out game. For more information or T-shirt orders, contact Steve Kray, athletic director, at Edgewood Senior High School or reach him at 998-1413. Tickets to the game cost $6 for adults and $4 for students.
Also new this year will be Edgewood’s first alumni basketball game. In order to honor alumni and get them more involved in the school, all alumni basketball players will be invited back to Edgewood to hit the courts once again in an alumni vs. alumni basketball game.