When Matthew Truax performed in his Meadowdale High School’s sophomore dance show, he and a dozen teens moved in near unison in front of hundreds of cheering classmates. During Journey’s ballad “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the Edmonds teen had no problem hoisting a female classmate onto his shoulders.
Why would he? He was a healthy kid who had played sports since age 5, played on a recreational soccer team, snowboarded, had no known health problems and had passed his sports participation physical exams.
But last September, during a routine one-mile pacer run during PE class, a classmate noticed Matthew suddenly slow down. He complained of leg cramps, then passed out on the track.
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