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The Jordan Johnson Foundation hosts heart screening event

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POST FALLS, Idaho- Early detection, it's one family's answer to a cause of tragedy in their life. On August 25th, 2006, Jordan Johnson died from sudden cardiac arrest while he was sleeping.

"We heard some odd noises and he just died in the room with us," says Cyndie Lempesis, Jordan's mother. "It was very sudden."

After Jordan passed away, Lempesis and the rest of the family tested themselves and found they didn't suffer from the same disorder their son had. Lempesis says her son was healthy and athletic, but sometimes those people are the most vulnerable. Sudden cardiac disorder is known to strike during times of exercise. Annually it kills more than 300 thousand people.

"It's an electrical problem as opposed to a plumbing problem. A heart attack is a clogged vein, but sudden cardiac arrest is an electrical problem, so there are a lot of causes," says Lempesis.

Shortly after Johnson's death Lempesis started the Jordan Johnson Foundation, with the goal to promote early detection by offering free screenings as well as push schools to have automatic external defibrillators, a key tool when caring for someone suffering from cardiac arrest.

"Everyone should get screened, it can happen at any age, we have posters of people who have died from this, ages five to 80," says Lempesis.

On Saturday morning, for the fourth year in a row since 2011, the Jordan Johnson Foundation hosted free heart screenings at the Post Falls Boys and Girls Club. The free clinic allowed anyone to come in and get checked.

"They're probably getting two thousand dollars worth of free testing this year," says Lempesis.

For Lempesis, it's her way of helping others catch a problem before it's too late.

"We had no idea Jordan had this condition, until he was gone."

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