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A new family activity center in La Vernia will honor the memory of Camden Schoenert

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A new family activity center – Camden’s Adventure Zone – is planned in La Vernia. He is named after Camden Schoenert, who was 7 when he died in March 2021 of severe obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. COURTESY/Family Schoenert

A new family activity center is planned in La Vernia, at the entrance to Woodbridge Farms opposite the post office on FM 775.

The Camden Adventure Zone will be fully accessible to all children, will have a mini-library and play area, and will offer fun indoor activities, as well as after-school care and tutoring. school, a night out with parents and possibly summer camps, according to the family of Camden Schoenert, for whom the center is named.

Camden was just 7 when he died suddenly last year of severe hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy; he was on the transplant list for an “angel heart” when he died.

hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

It is estimated that 1 in 500 people have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, but many go undiagnosed. Camden inherited the genetic condition from his father, Sean, whose birth mother died of the disease.

With hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, the wall – septum – between the two lower chambers of the heart thickens, according to the American Heart Association. The walls of the pumping chamber can also become rigid; this can block or reduce blood flow from the left ventricle to the aorta. There is also a non-obstructive version of this condition.

Some signs and symptoms are:

• Chest pain, especially during exercise

• Fainting, especially during or immediately after exercise or exertion

• Heart murmur, which a doctor could detect by listening to your heart

• Sensation of rapid, fluttering, or pounding heartbeat (palpitations)

• Shortness of breath, especially during exercise.

To honour Camden

Camden, a lively second grader at La Vernia Elementary School, loved animals, books, art and everything about his hometown of La Vernia – from the city park to his school and teachers , art camp at Art Attack and tours at Sonic. His family hopes to incorporate the things he loved into the new family center, which will serve not only La Vernia, but the community at large.

“The love of our family, the love of Camden, had to be shared,” said his grandmother, Jeanine Schoenert.

His mother, Kaycee, said the family hopes the Camden Adventure Zone “…will grow with the community, to meet the needs of the community.”

The center is currently in the design phase, but the Schoenerts are excited to build a gathering place for families and create job opportunities in La Vernia.

Although Camden’s diagnosis when he was just 7 months old was frightening, he lived a very joyful life, embracing everyone and everything around him, according to his family, “and never suffered a only day of his life”.

The Camden Adventure Zone will reflect his energy, joy and love, while serving the needs of La Vernia and neighboring communities.

A website and social media presences are in the works. Learn more about camdensadventurezone.com.