Perry Hall

Members of Catonsville and Perry Hall JV field hockey teams huddle together as emergency personnel tend to Breanna Sudano, after the Perry Hall player collapsed on Catonsville's field on Sept. 27. Sudano had a life-saving operation, and she'll be honored at the Gators' home girls lacrosse game Friday. (Noah Scialom, Patuxent Publishing / September 26, 2011)

Perry Hall's varsity and JV girls lacrosse teams will wear red this Friday as they raise funds for the American Heart Association and honor Breanna Sudano, a Gators field hockey player who collapsed during a JV game in September.

Sudano's life was saved through CPR at the field, then an operation at Maryland Children's Hospital by Dr. Sunjay Kaushal after she was diagnosed with anomalous coronary artery disease -- a condition she was born with but didn't know she had.

From a news release sent out Wednesday:

On Friday, starting at 5 p.m., the JV and varsity lacrosse teams at Perry Hall will honor Breanna with a "Red Out" game where they will all wear red in her honor. The girls play a fundraiser game every year. This year, the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association in Bre's honor. The coach and team designed a T-shirt that says "Bre-Strong" with a heart and lacrosse sticks. At 6 p.m., a teammate who was present when Breanna collapsed will give a speech, and the varsity field hockey coach who was one of the five people who performed CPR will give her flowers and proclaim her an honorary captain of the lacrosse team.


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Breanna has been managing the lacrosse team during her recovery, but her pediatric cardiologists at the University of Maryland Children's Heart Program hope she will be able to return to the field hockey team this fall. She and her family have not spoken to the media about this incident until now.