Competition held in honor of Clayton student athlete
Posted May 18, 2013
Clayton, N.C. — A Clayton family hopes their loss can help others with undiagnosed heart problems. The parents of Hogan Teem hosted a competition Saturday in downtown Clayton to help raise money and awareness.
Hogan, 17, passed away in December from a rare heart condition. Hogan had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. He collapsed on the track at Clayton High School during baseball practice, and emergency personnel were unable to revive him.
Hogan's parents, Allyson and David Teem, hosted the American Heart Association's HeartChase Challenge, Saturday morning. The event raised more that $20,000 for heart research.
"We are definitely lifted up by the fact that people are doing this in Hogan's memory," his father, David Teem said.
"We want hearts to get fixed. We don't want any more broken hearts. Our hearts are broken," said Hogan's mother, Allyson Teem.
More than 2,000 Americans under the age of 25 die each year from sudden cardiac arrest. For competitive athletes, the risk is 3 times greater.
Back in April, Hogan's parents worked with WakeMed to offer free heart screenings for kids most at risk.