#BetterTogether: "Class Act with Chris Wragge" makes 1st stop at Mahwah High Schoolget the free app
MAHWAH, N.J. -- Today we're kicking off a new series "Class Act with Chris Wragge," as part of the #BetterTogether campaign.
He will be visiting local schools, and his first stop is his alma mater in Mahwah, New Jersey.
We're there honoring the legacy of Marcus Kayal, who tragically passed away in 2019.
You can also sign up to have Wragge come to your school.
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Mahwah High School highlights
Watch the video above for highlights from Chris Wragge's first stop for "Class Act."
School shows support
Our morning in Mahwah
Mahwah's colors are usually black and blue, but tonight the gym will be a sea of red for a charity basketball game in Marcus' honor.
Damar Hamlin hit home
Marcus' parents were watching when Hamlin collapsed during the Buffalo Bills game and say it brought them back to that tragic day.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the number one killer of student athletes in the U.S., and one in every 300 children has an undetected heart condition.
Each year in the U.S., 6,328 kids experience EMS-assisted sudden cardiac arrest outside hospitals -- that's 17 kids a day.
Bittersweet day for Kayal family
Wragge spoke with Marcus' parents and his four brothers, who said today would have been his 20th birthday.
Wragge's high school flashback
During his visit to Mahwah High School, Wragge shared a few photos from his alma mater.
Honoring Marcus Kayal
Nothing prepares a parent for the loss of a child, and George and Debra Kayal know that all too well.
Their son Marcus died of sudden cardiac arrest the day after Christmas in 2019.
To honor his legacy, the Kayals created Hearts4Marcus, through which more than 120 Mahwah High School kids will be screened with EKGs and echocardiograms that are optional and confidential.
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