As parents, it is the unknown that scares us most with our children. We strive to protect them always, but sometimes we don’t see it coming. In 2010, Laura and Dave Batson experienced the worst tragedy in their family’s history. Their 18-year old son, Cameron Kelly Batson, collapsed, while playing a pick-up game of soccer, with his younger brother. Within a few short minutes of Cameron’s collapse, he was gone.
The week of Cameron’s death was horrific; so the Batson’s did not dream it could be worse. However, as the cause of death was revealed – an undiagnosed heart ailment, called ARVD (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia) causing Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) – it got worse. A few hazy days of Cameron’s death, his only other sibling, 15-year old Logan, was also diagnosed with the condition. Early detection for Logan has changed his life in many ways.
Logan currently has an implantable defibrillator inside his chest to detect and treat any life threatening heart rhythms. Although, his physical activity is limited and he has had to alter his way of life, he is currently evaluating his next life decision: college and what his future will bring.
The Batson’s encounter life day-to-day. One primary initiative lies ahead of them: Laura and Dave want to protect Logan, as well as other children, by gathering donations to provide AED devices to area school systems and athletic facilities, to educate the community on the importance of heart screening and to create awareness of this and other cardiac diseases!