Fremont boy's effort to help women and heart disease

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FREMONT, Mich. (WZZM) - This year over 250,000 women will die from a heart attack, six times more than breast cancer.  It is the number one cause of death among women.

One teenage boy from Fremont is trying to change that fact.

In Jacobb Stever's high school biology class he may be learning about plant and animal systems, but there's a memory that is never far from his heart.  "Just another person that's not there. Just another person that I can't enjoy in my life. And it's just really sad that she can't be here."

Ten years ago, Jacobb's Aunt Connie died of a massive heart attack. It was so sudden and unexpected that despite being only five, Jacobb knew he never wanted anyone to forget her.  "My mom told me that she was deaf and I never knew she was deaf. She could just read lips it was amazing. She was just a really nice and sweet person."

Last year Jacobb started a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to help raise money for the American Heart Association.   Ten teams participated and raised $1,000. This year he wants to go even bigger.

And that makes Connie's son Brian Spaulding very happy.  "It took a lot to get over it. And some days I still have brief moments of 'oh I don't have my mom any more.'"

Brian was just 15 when his mom Connie died.  "It just really makes me appreciate all of the motherly figures that I have in my life because I've been so long without it. I don't know... I still miss her."

When someone dies from a heart attack, they leave behind loved ones who do their best to go on without them.   It's why Jacobb wants to send the message that if you love your family, as a woman take care of your heart and know the signs.

"Because if you don't, you could have a surprise and it could happen to anyone," says Jacobb. 

Jacobb's 3-on-3 basketball tournament is scheduled for March 23 at Fremont Middle School. There are still plenty of teams left. If you would like to participate you can call Fremont High School or email Jacobb at

The American Heart Association has signs for you to look for when it comes to heart attacks, heart disease and stroke.

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