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Play for Jake Club donates two AEDs to Purdue

The Play for Jake Club at Purdue is a group founded in memory of Jake Schroder who collapsed while playing football in 2013 with a heart condition.

Posted: Apr. 19, 2018 7:09 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- A group of Purdue students donated two AEDs to the university on Thursday.

The Play for Jake Club at Purdue is a group founded in memory of Jake Schroder who collapsed while playing football in 2013 with a heart condition.

The club presented two AEDs to the Wilmeth Active Learning Center at Purdue. The center previously did not have any AEDs in the building.

The devices are used to help people who go into cardiac arrest.

Jake's mother, Julie Schroder, said the Play for Jake Foundation not only focuses on helping people in emergencies but also preventing heart issues with screenings in schools.

"I think we're going to get there, where we're screening all children every two years and I think it's going to take a lot of time but I think we're working in that direction," said Schroder.

The president of Purdue's Play for Jake Club, Emily Nowak, grew up with Jake. She said she was glad to carry on the memory of her friend through donations like this one.

"It was very exciting and I just know that Jake would do something like this for me so it was just nice to be able to do something like that for him," said Nowak.

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