Dutchtown, Suplher high schools celebrate life of Burke Cobb before Friday's game

Dutchtown, Suplher high schools celebrate life of Burke Cobb before Friday's game
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Friday, September 14, 2012 - 9:36pm

Two high school football teams came together Friday night to honor a player who didn't get a chance to take the field.

Sulphur and Dutchtown held a ceremony before their game at Dutchtown High School in memory of Burke Cobb. Cobb would have been a freshman at Dutchtown this fall, but he died over the summer from sudden cardiac arrest. He played lacrosse, and was preparing to join the freshman football team, as well.

Since then, his family has started the Living4Burke Foundation, which raises awareness of sudden cardiac arrest, and partners with hospitals and schools to provide free or low-cost testing for teens.

Fans at Friday's game supported the foundation by buying t-shirts and wristbands. They also bought raffle tickets for LSU box seats donated by Les Miles, an autographed Tigers helmet, and a football signed by Peyton, Eli, and Archie Manning.

Cobb's family says it feels very comforted by everyone from Dutchtown.

"The support from Dutchtown High School, the Dutchtown community, Prairieville community, has been unbelievable," said Ronnie Simpson, Burke's uncle. "The kindness of strangers who are now considered family, is just heartwarming. It's just unreal, quite honestly."

Several schools have implemented testing programs for their student-athletes as a result of Cobb's death. Catholic High School is having all its football players tested Saturday.

Cobb's family says 28 children die from sudden cardiac arrest every day in the United States.

To learn more about the Living4Burke Foundation, visit www.living4burke.org.

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