Parents of Pottsboro's Nathan Halfmann raise money for scholarship fund

DENISON, TX. (KXII)-- Earlier this year in May, 16-year-old Nathan Halfmann, a student at Pottsboro ISD was out having fun with his friends at Lake Texoma when all of the sudden his heart gave out.

His father Pat Halfmann said, "he was swimming off the docks with a noodle, he lost his consciousness and went under, no way to find him".

On Saturday the parent of Nathan Halfmann organized a golf tournament along with a live and silent auction at the Denison Golf and Country Club to to raise money for a scholarship that will memorialize Nathan.

The scholarship will go to a high school senior who best symbolizes the type of person Nathan was.

Nathan Halfmann battled through a rare genetic heart condition.

Aside from the scholarship, money raised during the event will also go towards lobbying Congress to change the way student physicals are currently done.

According to Nathan's father, "now they listen to the heart while the kid's sitting still and not moving, and every one of them passes".

The goal is to catch an underlying heart condition a student may have during a school physical, and prevent another family from suffering the pain of losing a loved one.