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June 10, 2010

Memorial Held June 4, 2010, at Farmingdale State College

Dominic Murray died at age 17 after collapsing on the basketball court at Farmingdale State College, only a few weeks after receiving medical clearance to play college sports. The cause of his death was Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) due to cardiac hypertrophy related to underlying heart problems. To keep Dominic's legacy alive for his contributions as a student, an athlete and a compassionate young man, the Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation, Inc. was formed to help prevent SCA among young athletes.

The foundation's mission is to implement preventative heart screening programs in educational institutions and youth-athletic organizations and to provide training to coaches, teachers and youth-athletic organization volunteers in CPR in the use of an AED. The not-for-profit foundation (incorporated by the New York State Department of State on February 25, 2010) was organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes; focused on ensuring that youth who participate in sports from the levels of CYO to AAU, as well as from primary school through college, are afforded preventative heart screenings and most importantly exposed to sports health, education and safety.

Guest speakers will include Dr. Sean Levchuck, board chairman of St. Francis Hospital and renowned cardiac surgeon specializing in interventional cardiology, sports medicine and syncope; Jeff Ruland, head coach of University of DC and former All-American NBA player; Assemblyman Jeffrion L. Aubry, 35th A.D. of Queens County, who introduced the Taxpayer Gifts for Heart Disease Prevention Bill, Heart Disease Prevention and Education Fund; and Dr. W. Hubert Keen, president of Farmingdale State.

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