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High school athletes receive free heart screenings

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Nearly 100 current or soon-to-be high school athletes received free heart screenings on Saturday at Holyoke High School.

It was all part of an annual event held in honor of the school's former star athlete Jonno Gray, who died shortly after graduation due to an undetected heart ailment.

The athletes receive an EKG and an echocardiogram, which goes above and beyond the American Medical Association's recommendation of family history and a physical.

Parents told CBS 3 that Saturday's tests put their minds at ease.

"It is relieving," said Brenda Lagoy, whose son Denzel will enter high school next year. "He can now go and play football, he can go and box. I have no problem with it."

"You read about a lot of these incidents across the country, about these kids and what happens after the events," said Joe Dordine, whose son Zack runs track. "To find out that it could have been trouble-shooted prior to the unfortunate death in a lot of situations, it is nice to know that you can come in and maybe find something early."

Saturday's event was put on in conjunction with the Chad Foundation, which is a non-profit that helps provide the free heart screenings.

The tests would normally cost $2,500 each.

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