We’re almost halfway through March, which means my brother has been growing his “mustache” for about two weeks. Normally I’m not a big fan of his facial hair endeavors, but this one means a lot to me. Ben was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (a condition known to cause sudden cardiac arrest) at the age of 13, and had open-heart surgery just after turning 14.
Ben’s doctor heard a slight murmur in his heart during a routine physical before football season and saved his life. It was hard to see it at the time, but we were lucky. Many who have this condition die suddenly on the basketball court, during the football game, or in the middle of a long run. Quinn Driscoll, a 14 year old boy from the same city we grew up in, Vancouver, WA, was diagnosed with HCM in 2009 on the day he died. Quinn’s family never saw it coming. After his death they started the Quinn Driscoll Foundation in his honor, which is dedicated to raising money for heart screenings for at-risk teens, educating families about HCM, and providing public buildings with AED’s (defibrillators – used to revive people experiencing cardiac arrest).
Ben is participating in Mustache March to raise money for the Quinn Driscoll Foundation, and it would mean a lot to him and all of my family if you would consider pledging a small donation–whether it’s $10 total or $1 for each day of the month. If you’d like to learn more about the foundation and make a donation, check out: https://quinndriscollfoundation.org/about-us/. We’re trying to keep track of who donates so we can tally how much was raised in Ben’s name at the end of the month. Right now the goal is $1,500 and we’re just past $1,400! Thank you so much for sharing this, contributing a donation, anything you can do–I appreciate it with all my heart.