With schools closed for the foreseeable future and social distancing in place, all our heart screenings are on hold as well. The good news is that our Board and Staff are committed to our mission and we will be able to maintain course through this crisis.
We will be here, ready to work with our school partners again, as soon as this crisis passes. Because kids still have undiscovered heart conditions. Because those diagnosed with COVID-19 will need to monitor their hearts annually from now on.
Heart screening may not be the highest priority right now, but we'll be there the very moment we're able.
As we all work through a COVID-19 world here in Texas and across the world, the Cody Stephens Memorial Foundation is committed to the health and safety of our staff and the people we serve through heart screening.
If you have any questions about our commitment to health and safety, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cody Stephens Go Big or Go Home Memorial Foundation was founded in memory of Cody Stephens, who died from an undetected heart condition just weeks before graduation from Crosby High School.
Before he died, Cody was talking to his father, Scott, about his goals to play football in a big way in college and beyond. Cody told Scott, "Go big or go home, Dad."
After Cody died, his family turned Cody's motto into a screening effort to prevent other tragedies. It has been a BIG effort in a BIG state - seven years after Cody died, more than 30% of all Texas schools now offer heart screening.
Texas House Bill 76, Cody's law, was passed in the 2019 state legislature, which gives parents in every school district the right to choose heart screening for their child.
The Cody Stephens Foundation partners with the largest to the smallest schools, in the big cities and the smallest communities.
Cody believed in going big.
We believe going big means everyone should have the opportunity to compete with a healthy heart, no matter where they live or how well they play.
Want to help at a heart screening in your community? Let us know! We'd love your help. We provide training and support.
Cody Stephens Foundation provides free heart screenings for Texas youth. Your thoughtful gift will help save lives and allow children to play with heart.
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