WHAT IS THE LIVELIKEMAX FOUNDATION?
Maxwell John Pardington died on June 10, 2014 from Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy otherwise known as an enlarged heart. His death was extremely unexpected, as Max was exceptionally healthy and fit. Frustrated that one quick, easy procedure could have assisted in spotting this defect in his heart and kept him alive, the Pardington family started this foundation to spread awareness and save other students by raising money to offer free Healthy Heart Checks to students. Since there are typically no outward signs or symptoms to indicate an issue with the heart, most physicians and coaches do not push for- or even discuss- getting an echocardiogram or EKG prior to athletic participation; two extremely simple and quick tests that could mean the difference between life and death.
GOALS OF THE FOUNDATION
- The number one goal is to spread awareness to all student athletes and their families about Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, otherwise known as “athlete’s heart”.
- The second goal is raising money to provide free echocardiograms and electrocardiograms through Beaumont Hospitals “Healthy Heart Check” program to high school student athletes.
- Lastly, this foundation was created to remind ourselves how precious life is and to seek out the big adventures in our lives. Max lived his life this way and it is the legacy he leaves behind.
In all you do, Live Like Max.