Posted: Oct 6, 2012 7:20 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Oct 7, 2012 10:07 AM
DUTCHTOWN - Dutchtown High student athletes are lining up to have their hearts screened in honor of a fallen teammate.
In July, 14-year-old James "Burke" Cobb collapsed while playing in the school gym after football practice and died.
His family said they didn't know he had a heart condition.
Burke's uncle, Ronnie Simpson, says, "There's no outward symptoms. There's really no reason to get checked out if you use conventional wisdom. But that's one of the things we're tyring to change."
A non-profit set up in his honor is donating free heart screenings to student athletes at Dutchtown High to try to prevent the same thing from happening to someone else.
Victor Mattaur, a football player at Dutchtown High says, "This could happen to anyone. And it's important to have this checked, because you know we all love the game of football, and it's a very tough sport. But your life is something that you only get one try at."
More than 150 students are signed up for the screenings. They will take place over the next few days at Dutchtown High School.