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4 in her own healthcare . But , like many young people without signs or symptoms of heart disease , monitoring her heart health was just not on her radar .
“ Even though you ’ re young and full of health , you still need to have your maintenance programs and know that it can happen to anyone at any age ,” Jack said .
The Radkes ’ support will make both an immediate and a long-lasting impact on cardiovascular health in North Texas by increasing education and awareness that will improve the lives of countless patients and community members . Educational seminars and events throughout Collin County will help spread awareness of cardiovascular health and heart attack risk factors . CPR trainings for churches , schools and businesses will be enhanced by 12 new simulation mannequins , allowing people to get hands-on experience .
Also , additional lipid screenings to measure cardiovascular disease risk will be added to Baylor Scott & White screening programs in communities with limited access to healthcare and increased risk for chronic disease .
“ The message we want to get out is this : No matter how old you are , we want you to know where you stand with your own heart health ,” Jack said .
Service to others came naturally to Farren , so it was important to the Radkes that their gift also provide health screenings at the Baylor Scott & White Health and Wellness Center at the Juanita J . Craft Recreation Center in Dallas and the Baylor Scott & White Douglass Community Clinic in Plano , as well as help cover costs associated with cardiac specialty care for those who might otherwise struggle to afford treatment . The Radkes are longtime residents of McKinney , where Farren also lived , and longtime supporters of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney .
In addition to caring for the needs of today , the Radkes ’ gift looks toward the future . Supporting the training of cardiology fellows — helping to build the pipeline of cardiovascular experts — will increase the number of specialists in
the field . Also , the gift will help fund innovative cardiovascular research initiatives to enhance care and improve patient outcomes . Medical education and research are both foundational to advancing clinical care and improving patient outcomes , and it ’ s a way the
Radkes feel they can give back . “ Jack and Kym , long before
Baylor Scott & White entered the market , have led by example in terms of serving and giving back in ways that have blessed McKinney and surrounding communities ,” shared friend and senior vice president of joint ventures at Baylor Scott & White , Scott Peek . “ Their continued passion and generosity will undoubtedly change lives thanks to intentional focus and commitment on early adult cardiovascular health .”
The Radkes hope that their gift helps keep people healthy and out of the hospital . But for those who find themselves in need of care at Baylor Scott & White – McKinney , they hope to provide comfort .
The newly named Farren Brae Radke Chapel will be a place for others to find solace , the Radkes explained , as it is for them . Kym and Jack are members of the Stonebridge United Methodist Church , one of their great passions in life — one that they also shared with Farren .
Noting their daughter ’ s generous nature , the Radkes find comfort in a legacy that helps support the needs of others . “ She loved giving back , and she was very generous with people — Farren was just that kind of person . She was giving , with a big heart ,” Kym remembered .
When Kym and Jack consider how their gift will make a difference in the lives of others , they find peace .
“ Our daughter didn ’ t get a second chance ,” Kym said . “ We are Christians and we believe God has an ultimate plan . But if doing something like this helps someone live healthier and better , then maybe God has given us a voice in that too .”
Even in grief , the Radkes chose to move forward , and to do that , they lean on Baylor Scott & White . “ There are just so many people that believe in Baylor that it ’ s great to partner with them and hopefully save a life ,” Kym said .
“ You ’ re braver than you believe , stronger than you seem , and smarter than you think .”
— A . A . Milne quote found in Farren ’ s journal
For more information on how you can support cardiovascular initiatives across Baylor Scott & White , please contact Lynn Bohne at 214.820.4070 or Lynn . Bohne @ BSWHealth . org
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CELEBRATING WOMEN 23 RD ANNUAL LUNCHEON Helping Baylor Scott & White fight breast cancer in North Texas
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