VIDEO: Former Husker athletes honor their deceased son
PAPILLION, Neb. (KMTV) — In 2019, former Husker athletes Mike and Megan Moudy lost their 19-month-old son, Ace. It was categorized as Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood (SUDC).
Since they have vowed to discover what exactly happened to Ace and to honor his legacy through the SUDC Foundation. Now with the arrival of another son, Jace John, the Moudys are even more driven to uncover the truth.
Through copious research, the Moudy’s found that Mike and Jace have a genetic variant linked to a heart condition called cholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT).
“It was definitely pretty shocking with him [Mike] being a Division 1 athlete, you wouldn’t think there would be any cardiac issues in our family,” Megan said.
Mike, a former Husker football player, is now on medication for high blood pressure; while Jace is on medication for a heart condition that impacts babies but typically doesn’t carry into childhood. Their medications would also help with CPVT.
They may never know whether CPVT played a role in Ace’s unexpected death, but they’re taking control of their health and Jace’s health.
“We’ve done literally everything we can to protect him and keep him safe, there’s nothing we don’t know about him, or at least that modern medicine that could uncover,” Mike said.
The Moudys continue to honor Ace.
During the summer of 2019, UNL partnered with Crouch Recreation and the Moudy family to raise $75,000 for a playground, called Ace’s Place.
A goal that has been met since one donor gave $20,000 in the middle of the pandemic.
Ace’s Place will be located near Bowlin Stadium in Lincoln, where Ace’s last night with the family was spent watching his mother, Megan, play softball at UNL.