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Reggie White's Foundation Is Changing the World of Sleep Apnea

Reggie White's Foundation Is Changing the World of Sleep Apnea

When Reggie White died at the young age of 43 people were shocked. The husband, father, football legend and ordained Baptist minister was at the prime of his life. It was hard for anyone to believe that he would be taken so early because of a heart attack.

What was even more shocking is that his death could have been prevented. Reggie White was diagnosed with sleep apnea, and despite having a CPAP machine beside his bed, he didn't use it. Sadly, he lacked the awareness that he needed about the disorder, and this is what led to his fatal heart attack just one week after his birthday.

Aside from his  talent and skills on the field, White was also known for his strong faith and his dedication to helping others. This is why his wife, Sara, wanted to continue his legacy after his death and founded the Reggie White Foundation. And now, even after his death, White's legacy is continuing to influence and help others get tested and treated for sleep apnea.

The Reggie White Foundation

White was diagnosed with sleep apnea, but didn’t use his CPAP machine, which was what led to his heart attack. The Reggie White Foundation’s goal is to prevent others with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) suffer from the same fate. One of the ways the foundation is helping sleep apnea patients by providing CPAP machines to those who cannot afford one.  In fact, since 2006, the foundation has helped more than 300 people get a CPAP machine to ensure that they have the proper treatment for their sleep disorder.

Read on to learn more about what Reggie White's Foundation is doing for sleep apnea patients today and how you can help!

Photo source: Reggie White by Pheisty Fans