Further information: Contact John McAndrew
Public Relations Office, (570) 208-5958
September 14, 2018 - A free heart screening for area youth ages 12-19 will be held at King’s on the Square, located on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. The event is being sponsored by The Peyton Walker Foundation, King’s College, Geisinger and District II of the PIAA.
The heart screening clinic is open to students who are not currently under the care of a cardiologist. All participants will receive a vital check and electrocardiogram free of charge. For students whose results indicate the need for additional testing, echocardiograms will also be provided on-site free of charge.
Approximately 120 people can be screened at the event. People interested in participating must pre-register by Saturday, September 29. Registration can be completed at PeytonWalker.org.
The Peyton Walker Foundation was established in memory of a King’s College student who died in a King’s residence hall in November 2013 from sudden cardiac arrest related to a genetic heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. At the time of her death, Peyton was a sophomore physician assistant major at King’s.
The heart screening at King’s on the Square is the first to be offered in Northeastern Pennsylvania by the foundation. Most of the foundation’s previous activities have occurred in the Central Pennsylvania area where more than 1,500 young men and women have been screened and almost 30 significant and previously undiagnosed cardiac conditions have been detected. The Walker family resides in Mechanicsburg.
Additional information is available by contacting the Peyton Walker Foundation at (717) 697-5511 or by visiting PeytonWalker.org.