He’s got Heart

Ellie Fudge
Mr. Aryes getting his blood pressure checked at the annual Red Out game.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. The American Heart Association aids people with all different types of heart conditions from high blood pressure to venus thromboenolism. This non-profit organization helps in research and awareness for all types of heart conditions.
This past weekend, National Honor Society came together to raise $547 for the institution.
These past few years, they have raised money to help the organization. This year, they also set up a booth to check community members’ blood pressure at the basketball game. “It benefits the society we are in now, as well as, kids in the future,” NHS sponsor Jami Allen said.
Not only did Red Out’s message affect the people in the stands, but it also impacted junior basketball player Christian Ramos. Earlier in this basketball season, Ramos found out he has a heart murmur. He
explained that his heart valves have backflow, which causes blood to regurgitate in the heart. The condition has not stopped him. He continues to do what he loves. The only thing he has to worry about is high altitude. He might not hike Mt. Everest, but he is reaching new highs in basketball, football, soccer, and many activities. “The heart murmur is going to be there. I am going to keep having a healthy lifestyle, so my heart stays strong,” Ramos said.