Athletic Testing Solutions is excited to partner with the Jordan Robert Mann Foundation and Strive for Life Foundation to provide free heart screenings to children in 24/7 therapeutic residential care on the Ozanam Campus of Cornerstones of Care.
Children enter 24/7 therapeutic residential care when they are no longer able to safely remain at home. Many children are in state custody and some are navigating mental health challenges. It’s an unfortunate, yet well known fact that children in foster care experience gaps in healthcare services due to changes in placements. “Partnerships like these are critical to the ongoing physical health of children; especially children in foster care. When we work together, we can keep more children safe and healthy,” says Denise Cross, president and CEO of Cornerstones of Care.
The screenings are made possible for children served by Cornerstones of Care through generous funding by the Jordan Robert Mann Foundation, Strive for Life Foundation, and ATS. Caregivers of more than 50 children have given consent for youth to receive the screening. The 30-minute exam includes a Blood Pressure Monitor, Electrocardiogram (EKG) and Echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) and will be administered by local medical professionals certified in congenital and genetic heart conditions.
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Jordan Robert Mann was born and raised in Prairie Village, KS and was a 2003 graduate of Shawnee Mission East where he played soccer and was named to first team All State, All Metro, All Sunflower, and All Johnson County. He was a member of the National Honor Society, National Beta Club, National Honor Roll, Principals Honor Roll and Kansas Honors Scholar. His senior year he was awarded the Art Newcomer Outstanding Student-Athlete Award. He continued playing collegiate soccer at Furman University in Greenville, SC and Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX, where he was selected to the Southern Conference Honor Roll and Conference USA Honor Roll. At SMU he was a major contributor to a nationally ranked soccer team, and in 2005 played in the collegiate Final Four tournament. He graduated from SMU in May 2007 with a degree in Finance.
Jordan’s hidden talent resided in his artistic abilities in portraitures and random works that he painted, photographed or drew when inspired. Jordan is remembered for his winning smile, his spirited and ornery sense of humor, his intuitive and innovative intelligence, and his entrepreneurial spirit. He also had an insatiable love for all animals.
Jordan passed away unexpectedly on May 26, 2007, of a congenital heart abnormality that was undetected as he had no symptoms. The family has chosen to honor his life by establishing the Jordan Robert Mann Foundation which funds heart health assessments for athletes at participating schools, hoping to prevent any family from experiencing a similar tragedy. Their long term goal is to change how the medical community assesses and evaluates heart health in all athletes.
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Strive for Life Foundation’s current strategy is to sponsor heart screenings for youth ages 8 to 25. This sponsorship includes working with the families in need with the goal to help provide financial assistance that helps offset the cost of testing. In order to extend participation to all families, we provide grants based on documented financial need-based guidelines. Strive for Life is committed to serving people regardless of their ability to pay.
To date, Strive for Life has helped sponsor nearly 8,000 screenings for kids ages 8 to 25. Of all kids tested, 10% are referred for follow up with either their pediatrician or pediatric cardiologists for a variety of conditions that can cause problems as they mature. The more serious heart conditions requiring intervention like electrical abnormalities, cardiomyopathies, valve disorders, Septal Defects (holes in the wall of the heart), artery malformations, etc., account for about 2% of all kids tested and are sent to specialists for treatment and or surgery.
OUR MISSION: “To raise funds and awareness of heart conditions in youth and to provide financial assistance to families in need.”
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The ATS HeartCheck uses the most effective analytic tools to understand a heart’s condition. We include blood pressure, electrocardiogram (EKG), and echocardiogram (heart ultrasound), all delivered by specially trained medical professionals certified in congenital and genetic heart conditions who make their living saving kids lives every day. You won’t find a better screening anywhere!
Here are a few reasons why you should give careful consideration to signing your child up for an appointment.
- According to the American Heart Association, at least one-half million youth in the U.S. have some form of cardiac problem – that’s 1 in 100 kids.
- These problems range from minor performance issues to sudden cardiac arrest.
- This testing goes beyond the standard physical to uncover dangerous-hidden heart conditions.
- ATS is the most respected youth heart screening programs in the country.
There are a limited number of appointments available so make your appointment before it’s too late.
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