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The Heart of a Champion

Jake Hansel is a student who, during his freshman year, became one of the best basketball players Camas High School has ever seen. He began his legacy making Varsity his freshman year and leading the team to districts for the first time in 51 years. Hansel is a phenomenal athlete and recently experienced a very tragic turn in his career. Jake was diagnosed with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy(HCM) towards the end of his junior year. Later that year, Jake decided that he would not let his heart condition keep him from being a part of the team. The varsity basketball coach and Jake came to the conclusion that Jake would make a great impact on the team if he were to assistant coach.

Jake now helps train and coach the boy Papermakers varsity basketball team,¨ It was an easy decision to coach. I just wanted to show I could still be involved and help out¨ Jake stated. He has truly done more than help out his team. He has inspired many, most importantly, his younger brother Bryan. When asked how to describe his older brother in three words, Bryan selected talented, athletic and easygoing. Bryan also enjoys playing basketball and is on Camas´ freshman team this year.

When asked about any setbacks he had experienced after being diagnosed, Jake disclosed, ¨The hardest part of this is watching all of my good friends out on the court and it just gets tough. So I try to help out as much as I can and remind them about the value of playing and to stay involved.¨

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Jake also, for his senior project, has begun to raise awareness for HCM. Hansel will be holding a fundraiser during the boy´s varsity basketball game at Camas High School, on a Wednesday, February first. Jake has truly been an amazing, dedicated student, athlete, and assistant coach, he has most definitely shown all what the heart of a champion can do.

*Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: (AHCM) is a rare form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) which usually involves the apex of the left ventricle and rarely involves the right ventricular apex or both.


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