Living For Zachary Day

Jan. 25, 2012

The Texas Legends, in partnership with THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano and the Living for Zachary Organization, will host a Living for Zachary Day at the Legends home game on Sunday, January 29th. Tip-Off is set for 2:30 p.m., with doors open at 1:30 p.m. Living for Zachary has teamed up with THE HEART HOSPITAL and the Legends to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), which is the silent killer that caused 16-year-old Zachary Schrah to collapse during a high school football practice in Plano on April 2, 2009.

Zachary's mom, Karen Schrah, felt compelled to warn others about this silent killer. "Each year, thousands of young people and their families are affected by SCA," says Karen Schrah, President and Co-Founder of Living for Zachary. "Living for Zachary is working to raise awareness by providing community education and AEDs to youth organizations."

Zachary Troy Schrah was a fun-loving young man who lived each day of his short life to its fullest. Son of Troy and Karen Schrah, Zac grew up in Plano and loved football and baseball. As a sophomore at Clark High School, Zac played tackle on the JV offensive line at Plano East Senior High School. During 2009 spring training, he was called up to play Varsity during the 2009-10 season. Coaches admired his dedicated work ethic on and off the field. Off the field Zac was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved to ride four-wheelers.

Although he displayed talent in athletics, as a leader, in outdoor activities and even as a cook, Zac's ultimate goal was to be a doctor. Sadly, Zac won’t be saving lives as a physician, but there is no doubt that his legacy through Living for Zachary will save many lives. Living for Zachary hopes to demonstrate the ideal Zac described in an essay not long before he died - "Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

Every 39 seconds someone in the United States dies from heart disease*, while sudden cardiac arrest claims one life every two minutes, taking more lives each year than breast cancer, lung cancer or AIDS**. Ten thousand young people die from SCA each year*.

Since 2009, THE HEART HOSPITAL has supported Living for Zachary by offering youth heart screenings and community education about sudden cardiac arrest. "THE HEART HOSPITAL is proud to be a part of a group of advocates making a difference in the lives of others," says Mark Valentine, president of THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano. "With the Living for Zachary organization at the forefront we can help raise awareness and provide the resources needed to identify the signs of an oncoming sudden cardiac arrest, and help save the lives of young victims."

About Living 4 Zachary: Living for Zachary is a non-profit organization [(501 (c) (3) 80-0410066] dedicated to raising awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and saving lives through community education and awareness events, promoting youth heart screenings, awarding student scholarships and donating automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to organizations in need. The organization was founded in honor of Zachary Schrah, who was only 16 years old when he collapsed during a high school football practice in Plano on April 2, 2009. For more information, visit

About Texas Legends: The Texas Legends are the NBA Development League Team for the Dallas Mavericks. The Texas Legends are owned by Donnie Nelson (GM and President of Basketball Operations for the Dallas Mavericks) and Evan Wyly. The Team plays their games at HP Court @ Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco.

About THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano: THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano is recognized as the No. 1 Cardiovascular Specialty Hospital in the country based on cardiac surgery volume and is the first and only freestanding, full-service hospital in this region dedicated solely to heart and vascular health care. Committed to providing safe, quality, compassionate care and five-star service, the 116-bed hospital was created through a partnership between Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano and cardiovascular physicians and surgeons practicing in North Texas.

The hospital has received numerous awards and recognition since its January 2007 opening, including five-time Press Ganey® Summit Award ® winner for Inpatient and Emergency Department satisfaction, The Joint Commission's Top Performer in Key Quality Measures, Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Heart Failure, Aetna Institute of Quality for Cardiovascular Care and The Joint Commission's Certification for Ventricular Assist Device. The hospital became one of a select group of 382 healthcare organizations out of 6,000 achieving Magnet® recognition. THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano is only the 26th hospital in Texas to be granted Magnet® Recognition. The facility, located off of the George Bush Turnpike and Preston Road, is currently undergoing a multi-phase hospital expansion due to significant demand for its services. The hospital's Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Care, located in Pavilion II, Suite 300 on the Baylor Plano Health Care Campus, offers advanced imaging services and multiple heart disease management centers. For more information about the services offered at THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano, please call 1.800.4BAYLOR or visit

Notice Regarding Physician Ownership: THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano is a hospital in which physicians have an ownership or investment interest. The list of the physician owners or investors is available to upon request. Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System’s subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano or Baylor Health Care System. *Source: American Heart Association ** Source: Heart Rhythm Society