WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) — Kai Lermer was your standout highschool pupil. A 3-sport athlete, Kai was an honor pupil at Waukesha North Excessive Faculty.
“He was an influencer,” his dad, Mike Lermer, mentioned. “Holding the crew optimistic by way of cracking jokes. Simply an all-around lovable child. At all times smiling.”
Kai died unexpectedly in 2019 on the younger age of 16. An undiagnosed coronary heart situation was the trigger.
“It is simply overwhelming with the quantity of assist we have gotten over time,” Mike mentioned. “We wished to offer again to the neighborhood.”
Mike began the Kai Lermer Memorial Fund with Kai’s mother, Patty. They began by inserting AEDs in parks and giving out some scholarships. After studying their son’s destiny might have been completely different had he acquired an electrocardiogram (EKG), they determined to take motion.
“We knew proactively, as soon as we discovered about EKG screening, that we might actually make a distinction and save younger adults’ lives,” Mike mentioned. “It is all about training.”
In partnership with The Max Schewitz Fondation – HeartSmart EKG, the Kai Lermer Memorial Fund hosted its third annual EKG Testing and Sudden Cardiac Consciousness Day on Tuesday in Waukesha. Roughly 500 college students from 27 space communities have been capable of obtain an EKG check, carried out by the medical professionals with HeartSmart EKG.
The Max Schewitz Basis – HeartSmart EKG has been existence in 2006. Tuesday, the group celebrated its 100,000th pupil screened.
“We discover college students at each screening that could be in danger for a hidden coronary heart situation,” mentioned Jeanne Coogan, a board member with The Max Schewitz Basis – HeartSmart EKG. “A easy EKG check will discover greater than a bodily examination. The hope is we will develop consciousness in order that households are conscious that it is a threat and they should seek the advice of with their physicians and have this perhaps turn out to be a routine a part of a sports activities bodily.”
Kai’s mother and father are grateful to have the ability to maintain their son’s legacy alive whereas encouraging mother and father to have their kids screened.
“An ordinary bodily solely catches 10% of undiagnosed coronary heart situations. An EKG screening can catch as much as 88%,” Mike defined. “One in 300 college students has some kind of undiagnosed coronary heart situation. Dad and mom, get your children examined.”
“It is pleasure and a few unhappiness as properly. I want I used to be one of many mother and father that was getting my son examined,” Patty mentioned, including she is aware of her son can be proud of the work they’re doing right now in his honor. “He sees it and I do know he’d be so happy with the entire neighborhood. He’d be so proud.”
The Kai Lermer Memorial Fund will present extra screenings sooner or later.
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