If you'd asked him before March 25, 2011, Victor Peña wouldn't have been able to tell you the name of the deadliest enemy of high school-age athletes. After that date, the day his 14-year-old son Andy died while training on a treadmill, the significance of "sudden cardiac arrest" became tragically clear.
"Not one clue," Peña said this week about his lack of information about such risks before his son died. "No one talked about it … No one I knew even had an idea what it was."
Peña said it took eight months to learn from authorities what had killed his son. Andy, a high school student in Darien, where his family still lives, who died in Boston while training for a mile run.