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"Harry and Wes"

Harry Stout was a special young man who seemed to grasp the most important aspects of life and didn't allow the little things to steal his peace. A joyful sense of humor, a giving heart, a helping hand, an appreciation of kindness, the consummate teammate, and a genuine love for all things fun.

For the Stout family, his sudden and unexpected passing was something they could never have prepared for. Minutes before Harry left the earth's plain, he was laughing. Minutes later, he was gone...and a family and community were left wondering how this could happen.

But friends and family knew that a spirit as bright as Harry's could not be denied. Therefore, a tragic loss was turned into a positive response called Harry's Foundation.   Since the inception of Harry's Foundation in 2005, a volunteer driven group of people have worked diligently to raise funds for youth causes in southwest Michigan, and kept the memory of Harry Stout fresh in the minds of those who knew him.

A few years later, just down the road in Fennville, Michigan, an eerily similar situation occurred. Shortly after making the game winning basket in a District basketball game, Wes Leonard collapsed and died soon after.

Wes Leonard was a special young man who seemed to grasp the most important aspects of life and didn't allow the little things to steal his peace. A joyful sense of humor, a giving heart, a helping hand, an appreciation of kindness, the consummate teammate, and a genuine love for all things fun.

For the Leonard family, his sudden and unexpected passing was something they could never have prepared for. Minutes before Wes left the earth's plain, he was hugging teammates. Minutes later, he was gone...and a family and community were left wondering how this could happen.

But friends and family knew that a spirit as bright as Wes's could not be denied. Therefore, a tragic loss was turned into a positive response called Wes Leonard's Heart Team.   Since the inception of Wes's Heart Team, a volunteer driven group of people have worked diligently to raise funds for youth causes in southwest Michigan, and kept the memory of Wes Leonard fresh in the minds of those who knew him.

"The relationship with Wes Leonard's Heart Team just seems so natural in so many ways...the type of people Wes and Harry were, the way they passed on, the families, the communities, the foundations...and turning the unimaginable into such a positive. We're really excited about the relationship and how we fulfill our mission by   helping The Heart Team fulfill theirs."

The Heart Team donates Automated Electronic Defibrillators to public and private schools, and hopefully with a successful Harry Fest, more area schools can benefit from the effort.  This past year, Harry's Foundation contributed funds to place three AED's into local schools.

The Heart Team's mission is to honor Wes’s life using a team approach, combining the efforts of his loved ones and other existing foundations in the pursuit of a common goal. The Wes Leonard Heart Team is committed to honoring the children who have lost their lives to Sudden Cardiac Arrest and preventing other families and friends from feeling the pain of losing their loved ones. With this team approach we feel we can give others a chance at “just one more game”.

Somewhere...a very interesting one on one match up is taking place with lots of love and laughter.

 



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