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  • Student-Athlete Heart Screenings

    Copyright 2003 Business Wire, Inc.
    Business Wire

    April 23, 2003, Wednesday

    DISTRIBUTION: Sports Editors/Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers

    LENGTH: 618 words

    HEADLINE: Schlotzsky's Sponsoring Student-Athlete Heart Screenings & Healthy
    Heart Fest on May 17; 3rd Year of Free Screenings to Prevent Sudden Death of
    Student Athletes

    DATELINE: AUSTIN, Texas, April 23, 2003


    Schlotzsky's Inc. (Nasdaq:BUNZ)

    Schlotzsky's(R) Deli is teaming up again with Austin Heart Foundation to
    provide free screenings for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) for student
    athletes in Central Texas.

    Last year, 688 screenings administered through the program resulted in 17
    individuals recommended for additional diagnostic testing to determine heart

    The 2003 Championship Hearts(tm) screening program -- for which former
    University of Texas quarterback Major Applewhite returns as spokesman -- kicks
    off on Saturday, May 17, at the Heart Hospital of Austin, 38th Street and Lamar
    Boulevard, with Healthy Heart Fest: a half-day (8 a.m. to noon) of free HCM
    screenings for student-athletes on mobile echocardiogram machines, complimentary
    food (breakfast tacos, pizza and soft drinks) and prize giveaways.

    For the third year, Schlotzsky's and Coca-Cola(R) are underwriting the
    program through which boy and girl student athletes in such high-activity sports
    as football, basketball and soccer can get free screenings for hypertrophic
    cardiomyopathy. The genetic heart condition affects about 1 in 500 and is the
    leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young people. The condition claimed the
    life of Luling football player Steven Taylor in August 2001 and three more Texas
    high school athletes since then.

    Volunteer cardiologists from Austin Heart and Children's Cardiology
    Associates are donating their time to administer the screenings. Each screening
    takes about 5 minutes and is a non-invasive procedure.

    "Early detection of HCM can help prevent tragic deaths," says Dr. George
    Rodgers, an Austin cardiologist and president of Austin Heart. "We will take
    this program statewide this year with sponsorship from Schlotzsky's and the use
    of the mobile echocardiogram machines."

    Individual medical insurance policies seldom cover HCM screenings, and most
    school districts cannot afford the tests, which can cost as much as $1,000 per
    student. Three mobile echocardiogram machines, purchased by Schlotzsky's(R) Deli
    in 2001, can be taken to sites across the state, dropping the cost of the
    screenings to as little as$5 an athlete. Otherwise, testing of student athletes
    across Austin might cost as much as $1.5 million.

    Free regional screenings at locations in 15 counties across Central Texas and
    a second Healthy Heart Fest on August 9th in Austin are planned as part of the
    2003 Championship Hearts(tm) program.

    For a more information about free student-athlete heart screenings in Central
    Texas at the Heart Hospital of Austin, call the Championship Hearts(tm) Hotline,
    512/206-3669, or visit www.austinheartfoundation.com.


    Our thoughts and prayers today are with the brave young service men and women
    who are overseas in harm's way in these troubled and dangerous times as they
    stand in protection of freedom for all mankind. We pray that their courage and
    sacrifices will lead to a swift and successful end to the conflict. God Bless


    Schlotzsky's Inc., founded in Austin, Texas, in 1971, is a franchisor and
    operator of fast causal restaurants featuring upscale made-to-order hot
    sandwiches served on distinctive sourdough bread, along with sourdough crust
    pizzas, wraps, salads and soups. As of Dec. 31, 2002, there were 643
    Schlotzsky's(R) Deli restaurants open and operating in 37 states, the District
    of Columbia and six foreign countries. Visit www.schlotzskys.com or
    www.cooldeli.com for more information and e-coupons.

    CONTACT: Schlotzsky's Inc., Austin
    Jill McGuckin, 512/217-9404
    Nikki Tate, 512/236-3695

    URL: http://www.businesswire.com

    LOAD-DATE: April 24, 2003
    Thanks, Tim
    Forum Administrator

  • #2
    Re: Student-Athlete Heart Screenings

    Way to go, Schlotzki's!

    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


    • #3
      Re: Student-Athlete Heart Screenings

      Good news all!
      I have been in touch with Schlotzki's and they are interested in explanding this program! When I know more so will you!
      Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
      YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

      Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
      lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
      Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
      Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
      Currently not obstructed
      Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


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