On the morning of June 29, 2017, our son Zach had just finished running sprints with his high school football team when he collapsed. Zach was taken to Golisano Children's Hospital where they diagnosed him with a core temperature of 107 degrees, heat stroke, devastating internal injuries, and coma. He was moved to Holtz Children's Hospital in Miami July 6, 2017, for more specialized care. Zach's condition continued to worsen, and he was removed from life support on July 10, 2017.
Zach's death, and other Exertional Heat Illness (EHI) injuries and deaths, are an unnecessary result of a lack of awareness of the signs & symptoms of EHI, and little knowledge on the topic of treatments. According to Dr. Doug Casa of the University of Connecticut, Korey Stringer Institute, and national leader in heat stroke prevention, "If you cool someone right away, on site, they don't die - period."
This is the reason for starting the Zach Martin Memorial Foundation & Heat Stroke Prevention. No one should ever lose a loved one to Exertional Heat Stroke - period.