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    High School Teen Dies In Pickup Hoops Game
    Funeral Planned For Next Week

    POSTED: 9:58 am CDT October 5, 2004
    UPDATED: 8:55 pm CDT October 5, 2004

    CHICAGO --

    A memorial service will be held on Thursday for a 17-year-old Naperville student who died while playing basketball over the weekend, NBC5 reported.

    Roosevelt Jones III, who was a senior at Neuqua Valley High School, collapsed during a pickup game at the school Sunday night. The coroner's office said Jones died from a condition called "hypertrophic cardiomyopathy", which is an abnormally thickened heart muscle.

    "He was one of those guys that would just glow, every time you saw him. I mean, he would go out of his way to say 'hi' to people," said David Johnson, with Calvary Church.

    NBC5's Sharon Wright spoke with "Rosie's" mother Tuesday. She and the teen's twin sister are shocked by the young man's sudden death, but proud of the life he lived.

    "There's a pain that goes so deep inside your soul. I'd rather it had been me than him," his mother, Joyce Reedes, said.

    Wright said the hypertorphic cardiomyopathy is the No. 1 cause of sudden cardiac arrest in young people. It often goes undiagnosed.

    Reedes is advocating for better screening for young athletes.

    "Do a stress test," she said. "Have them run for three miles, then check their hearts. Do a CAT scan. Do whatever you have to do, but don't let our young people keep falling prey to a condition you said existed. If (you) don't know anything about it, you can't react."

    At least one doctor agreed that young athletes need to be screened more carefully.

    "It's not always just physical exams. You need (electrocardiograms), and the most sensitive test is an echocardiogram. And that's why it's so hard to distinguish who is going to have this disease or not, just based on a physical exam," said Dr. Annabelle Volgman, a cardiologist at Rush University Medical Center.

    Jones' funeral is planned for next week.

    Wright said a special fund has been set up in the name of Roosevelt Jones, at First Midwest Bank, 491 South Route 59, Aurora, (630) 692-2800.

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