Zac’s ultimate goal was to be a doctor. He was very close with his sister, and a great big brother. He holds the official Schrah title for “Best Ramen Noodle Chef” in the world. Zachary Troy Schrah was by all accounts, the son that every parent dreams of raising.
Zac was born February 10, 1993, in Garland, Texas to Troy and Karen Schrah. He was self-confident and loved life. He enjoyed sports, especially baseball and football. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and loved riding four-wheelers.
The year 2009 was shaping up to be a very memorable year for Zac. The coaching staff at Plano East Senior High School recognized his talent and slated him to play on the Varsity team during the upcoming season. He had just spent Spring Break 2009 at Lake Amistad with his two favorite fishing buddies (his dad and granddad, Buddy) catching a 10-pound bass, the largest catch of the trip, which earned him superior bragging rights over his ‘elders’.
He wasn’t defined by just sports or outdoors. Zac was a dedicated young man who was active in his church, National Junior Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was the type of kid who would ultimately achieve his goal to be a doctor.
However, the world would completely change for the Schrah family on April 2, 2009. With no warning or signs, Zac, a seemingly healthy 16 year old collapsed during a high school football practice. Zac had died from a congenital heart disease call hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). HCM is a common cause of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in young people, including athletes according to http://www.heart.org. HCM is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes thick. The thickening can make it harder for blood to leave the heart, forcing the heart to work harder to pump blood. It also can make it harder for the heart to relax and fill with blood which is described in the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia.
According to the American Heart Association, 28 young people nationwide die each day from SCA which is 10,000 a year! In many cases, this can be prevented when simple cardiac testing can detect the potential for SCA with 99% accuracy.
Out of tragedy, Karen Schrah and other mothers began researching the statistics of SCA and in June 2009 formed Living for Zachary. Although Zac would not fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor; through his legacy many lives will be saved. Zac always said, “Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.”
Living for Zachary, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in youth and saving lives through community education and awareness events, promoting youth heart screenings, awarding student scholarships and donating automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to youth-based organizations.
Living for Zachary’s 5th Annual IncREDible HeartRun is a 5K and 1 Mile Run/ Walk that will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Historic Downtown Plano. Race day opens at 7:00 a.m. and starts at 8:30 a.m. We are excited to announce that the HeartRun is the kickoff event for the Plano Feast-ival! Following the HeartRun, enjoy a full day of family fun with the Taste of Downtown Plano events including: Free Living for Zachary Heart Screenings (youth ages 12-22), live music, food vendors, merchant booths, Great Pumpkin Race, vintage car show, fire truck pull, kid fun zone and much more from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.!
Dodge City of McKinney, a Chrysler, Dodge Jeep, Ram automotive dealership; located at 700 South Central Expressway in McKinney, Texas encourages everyone to support this organization and the 5th Annual IncREDible HeartRun.