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Foundation provides free physicals

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 8/09 3:04 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Weston Reed Foundation offered free sports physicals to children ages sixth grade and up at the Tupelo Police Athletic League Saturday.

The foundation was started when the founder's son, Weston, unexpectedly died in 2007 from sudden cardiac death during a soccer practice.

The foundation encourages student athletes to screen for cardiac illness on a regular basis.

"I just think it is important," Weston's father, Lee Reed, said. "Especially as a parent, that your child is checked out physically, so you don't have to go through what we had to go through as a family."

Workers at the North Mississippi Medical Center Sport Medicine Program volunteered their time and conducted the physicals.

The foundation also raises money to put more automated external defibrillators in the community.
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