MUENSTER, TEXAS -- Zachary Swirczynski's hometown of Muenster honored him today with free heart checks for community members. The Austin College football player died from cardiac arrest back in 2009 while playing a pick-up basketball game with friends.
"Who would have ever thought that that would have happened to him... So it makes you want to go and check it out," Zach's hometown friend Tyler Anderle said.
Swircynski family members said a few months after Zach died,they learned of another Zachary, just a few towns away, who had also recently died from cardiac arrest. Two months after Zach's death, sixteen year-old Zachary Scrah of Plano collapsed during his high school football practice, and died of sudden cardiac arrest.
That Zachary's family quickly started "Living for Zachary," an initiative to save young lives from cardiac arrest.
"When they heard about living for zachary.. They wanted to bring awareness to the Muenster community," Kim Granger, "Living for Zachary" coordinator and Zach Scrah's aunt, said.
On Tuesday, they did that by inviting medical staff from Baylor Plano Heart Hospital to give teens mobile heart screenings.
"The screening includes a blood pressure check... an echo-cardiogram and an electro-cardiogram," Granger said.
Zachary Swircynshi's sister Hillary said her family is grateful that they found someone who knows what they're going through.
"It's amazing. I'm so glad we found 'Living for Zachary' and we're doing this and I think it's only going to get bigger. Everything happens for a reason and we're supposed to be doing this and we're not just supposed to be accepting it. We're supposed to be getting it out there," Hillary said.
For more information, visit living4zachary.org.
Allison Harris, First News.