West MI Doctor Says Screenings Can Help Identify Enlarged Hearts

West MI Doctor Says Screenings Can Help Identify Enlarged Hearts

Plans for Ryan Fischer’s funeral have been released following his death last week.

Grandville HS Senior, Ryan Fischer died Friday morning, and the medical examiner reportedly told Fischer's family he had an enlarged heart which contributed to his death.

Muskegon cardiologist Dr. Daniel West told WOOD TV he set up a free screening program two years ago in Muskegon for high school athletes in West Michigan.

The screening program was set up by West after basketball player Wes Leonard from Fennville died from an enlarged heart.

More than 1,000 kids underwent testing during the program's first year, but West said people soon lost interest.

Four students did find out they had serious but treatable health conditions.

West said he hopes parents get their kids tested.

WOOD-TV reports everyone is invited to a Celebration of Life at Grandville High School’s East Gymnasium, 4700 Canal SW, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Cook Memorial Chapel, 4235 Prairie St. SW, with a Rosary at 7 p.m.

Funeral Mass will take place 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3937 Wilson Ave. in Grandville.

Contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project or Wes Leonard Heart Foundation in honor of Ryan.

Grandville hockey played Detroit Catholic Central at 7:30 Friday night in a state semifinal in Plymouth. Detroit Catholic Central won. Fans at the game from an opposing school wore dark red to honor a Grand Rapids-area hockey player who was found dead on the day of a big playoff game.

Fischer's death follows the death of another Grandville student, Alyssa Arends, who passed away last week after a battle with cancer.


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