It’s not unusual for us to repeat screenings at local schools and doctors’ offices, but this was actually our second screening event with Master Paul McGowan of Chandler MMA. We did our first screening with Master McGowan at the Polar Ice Complex back in 2007. We had a turnout of 139 people and found nearly 10% of participants had some sort of abnormality that needed further review from a cardiologist. Overall it was a fantastic event, and Master McGowan was amazingly supportive of our mission. Sadly, we lost touch with him over the years.
Fast forward to Summer 2018: We’re gearing up for a full season of heart screenings and determined to get more people to attend. We’ve made community outreach a huge priority in an effort to share our story and screen more hearts. By chance, Chandler MMA just happened to show up on our list of outreach for the day and we were so glad it did! Master McGowan responded to us enthusiastically and immediately wanted to host another event of his own. Master McGowan is an incredibly athletic guy, and he values his health. He’s continued to praise and support our mission, calling it an essential tool for peace of mind for any athlete or child. He’s undoubtedly passed this sentiment onto his students too.
Of course, we were happy to host another screening with Master McGowan. All totaled we screened over 50 hearts, and while we are still waiting on those results, we couldn’t be more satisfied with the outcome. We recruited volunteers from his employees, student body, even his family and put them to work at our blood pressure table, ECG/EKG stations and data entry. This event could not have been what it was without Master McGowan, his dojo, and the great community surrounding us.
Community has been and will continue to be the main driver of our success. There’s nothing we like to hear more than our friends and donors sharing our message among communities of their own. That’s how we find people like Master McGowan, who so strongly support our mission that they become evangelists themselves. If you’re reading this, we encourage you to think of friends, families and colleagues that could be in need of our services. The good news is, if you have a heart, you’re qualified to get screened! And there’s no cost too great for peace of mind.
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