Family, friends of 17-year-old who died suddenly have plan to honor her

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- Golden High School softball player, Breanna Hall was known as “the angel in the outfield” even before her sudden and tragic death last year.

Ed Hall, Breanna’s father said, “She was very passionate about playing. She wasn`t the best player on the team, but she had the most heart on the team. Now there`s a gaping hole so to speak.”

But if her family gets their wish, there will soon be a permanent reminder of her in the outfield at Golden High. Her family and friends are trying to raise enough money to put up a new scoreboard in her honor.

Breanna was just 17 years old when she died suddenly in her sleep last August.

The coroner told her family it was sudden cardiac arrhythmia. Her father, Ed Hall, said, “I mean when they say she passed of cardiac arrhythmia ... ok, what caused that? They don`t know. How does a 17-year-old girl with two weeks prior go to do her sports physical ... pass with not a single glitch so to speak ... then all of a sudden not wake up?”

Her friends say there is so much to miss about Breanna.

Emily Brogan was Breanna’s best friend. She said, “We did everything together. We would go to lunch and hang out at the park. We could sit and do nothing all day and it was just fun.” Her teammate, Kiley Lynch said, “I liked how she never gave up, like us, we`d drop the ball and get mad at ourselves and she would drop the ball and she would get it and try again right away. She would never give up on herself.”

And Breanna’s friends and family aren’t giving up on their idea to raise enough money for a new scoreboard.

Her father says it will take about $10,000, of which they’ve already raised more than half.

Ed Hall said, “We just wanted something that was permanent so she`d always be remembered. We figured with the outfield, what more fitting place to have something that when everybody looked up, they`d remember where she was.”

Teammate Amber Spawn said, “That one doesn`t even work and if it ever does work, it takes someone in there pushing buttons on there constantly to make it stay up. That`s sad.” Emily Brogan said, “It would mean everything. And the girls' softball team deserves it. They`re all great. She made the team great.”

IF you’d like to make a donation, send a check to the Breanna Hall Memorial Fund at Golden High School. Address: 701 24th St, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: (303) 982-4200

University of Colorado, Denver Cardiologist, Dr. William Sauer is one of the leading experts on cardiac arrhythmia in the metro area.

He says cardiac arrhythmia is extremely rare, especially in young people. There is no screening currently in the US, but there are signs that can help identify symptoms, like family history and blackouts. In some cases, he says defibrillators can be implanted, which significantly improves a patient’s life. He says they can even save lives. For more information visit the websites below:

http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/departments/medicine/Cardiology/ClinicalPrograms/Pages/CardiacElectrophysiologyprogram.aspx

http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/education/continuingmedicaleducation/FMR%202010%20Dcouments/Arrhythmia.pdf

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