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West, Langstaff will swim across river to help Sidzkidz, Parent Heart Watch

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On Aug. 25 former Ogdensburg Free Academy swim team standouts Renee Langstaff and Andee West will again swim from Prescott, Ontario, to Ogdensburg to raise awareness of sudden cardiac death in youth. This will be the second annual Sidzkidz swim fundraiser.

In addition to raising awareness, the event will be a fundraiser to benefit Parent Heart Watch, the national voice solely dedicated to protecting youth from sudden cardiac arrest and preventable sudden cardiac death.

Ghizes Tavern will be hosting a fundraiser from 9 p.m. to midnight on Aug. 30. Dragonfly will be playing.

According to Parent Heart Watch, one young athlete falls victim to sudden cardiac arrest every three to four days in the United States. Sudden cardiac death is the leading cause of death on school property. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that heart disease is the second leading cause of disease related fatality in youth.

Ms. Langstaff says it doesn’t have to be that way.

“We can improve our success rate of detecting cardiac conditions which put children at risk for sudden cardiac death. Prevention can be accomplished through cardiac screenings which include a comprehensive review of potential high risk factors including family history, and an electrocardiogram. If we can make this early detection screening a standard of care, we can save lives,” she said.

Parent Heart Watch leads and empowers others by sharing information, educating and advocating for change. Learn more at

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