Race's Story

Race Salazar was a typical American boy. He grew up in Folsom playing soccer, youth basketball, little league baseball, high school baseball and basketball, played the violin for 9 years, the guitar for 7 years and held 2 part time jobs. After graduating from Folsom High School in 2009, he went off to UNLV to study Architecture.

In February of 2010, Race died in his sleep in his dorm room from a cardiac arrhythmia. After Race's death, the SADS (Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome) Foundation reached out to his parents (Karie and Eric Salazar) and it was through that organization that they learned that SADS conditions can be stopped by simple education. Most cardiac arrhythmia's and structural defects that may cause sudden death in young people, are treatable.

In 2010, Karie and Eric made it their mission to educate parents, teachers, coaches, students and as many people as possible on the warning signs and symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia. That was the beginning of the Race to Keep Hearts Beating Texas Hold'Em Poker Tournament and Benefit Dinner. For the next 5 years, the annual event raised money for scholarships in Race's name at both Folsom High Schools, the FAA Youth Assistance Fund, UNLV and the SADS Foundation.


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