2018-05-13 / News

Montrose Knights donate to Smith Memorial Foundation


Knights of Columbus 8669 member Duane Tripp (right) presents a $3,300 check to Jonathan Smith, founder of Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation. 
Courtesy Photo Knights of Columbus 8669 member Duane Tripp (right) presents a $3,300 check to Jonathan Smith, founder of Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation. Courtesy Photo A Montrose middle school student didn’t know she had an undetected heart condition. Her parents didn’t either. However, thanks to a recent Thomas Smith Memorial Screening held at the Genesee County Skill Center, they learned about their daughter’s abnormal electrocardiogram.

Her father said her screening test came back irregular, and within a week she was seeing a specialist in Detroit. As parents, they never thought about having their children screened for a heart defect, he added.

The thankful father endorses the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation’s mobile cardiac screening tests for all athletic children, which includes a physical examination by a cardiologist and EKG or ECG if needed.

The Montrose Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus Council 8669 also recognize the importance of supporting the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation and its efforts to continue conducting free heart screenings to young people. The Knights donated the proceeds, in the amount of $3,300, from their wild game dinner to Jonathan Smith, the father of Flushing High School student Thomas Smith, who died in 2011 of sudden cardiac arrest at age 17. By now, many people know of the fruits coming forth from the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation, a Flushingbased non-profit organization founded by the parents of Thomas Smith, a student athlete who died without warning.

“Without hesitation, we know this organization is helping thousands of Genesee County children obtain a heart test,” said Grand Knight Mark Briggs. “We’re happy to give a donation to this organization to help them continue their mission of saving lives through medical reviews and detection.”

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