Nonprofit Spotlight: Giving Hearts a Hand

BATESVILLE, Ind. —  It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. Watching your child playing a sport and they suddenly collapse right on the field or court. The number one killer of student-athletes are hidden heart defects.

Giving Hearts a Hand was founded in 2011 by Doug and Courtney Meyer, of Batesville, to provide free heart screenings for students to potentially uncover a heart issue that the typical physical can’t find.

“I was able to have a symptom before it was too late. Too often individuals that have unknown conditions end up passing on or having a tragic event,” said Doug Meyer.

They’ve provided free heart screenings to local schools including Batesville High School, Oldenburg Academy and South Ripley. In total, the non-profit has provided free heart screenings to 1,500 athletes and have donated 40 AED’s.

Giving Hearts a Hand is hoping to reach more students. Learn more by visiting their website.