Islip nonprofit Gavin’s Got Heart continues to make a difference in the local community.

The organization, which fundraises and raises awareness for children with congenital heart defects, donated $10,000 to Southside Hospital. The money will go toward the Bay Shore hospital’s upcoming heart screening program called the BEAT, according to hospital officials.

This is the third consecutive year that Gavin’s Got Heart has helped fund the program.

“We greatly appreciate Gavin’s Got Heart’s donation, which will allow us to continue the BEAT program in 2019,” said Southside’s director of pediatric cardiology, Dr. Barry Goldberg.

The BEAT — which stands for body metrics, evaluate, assess, teach — allows for free heart health screenings to local teenagers. During the screenings, medical staff will perform blood tests, electrocardiograms, body mass index and waist measurements.

A portion of the day will also go toward educating teens about diet and exercise, as well as learning about automated external defibrillators and hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

“Heart disease isn’t just an ailment of the aging,” said Dr. Goldberg. “Being able to help these teens take care of their hearts well now will make a great impact on their future cardiac health.”

The next BEAT program will be on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon at the hospital in Bay Shore.

For more information about the BEAT program, call 631-396-6700.

Top: Gavin Got Heart’s organizers presenting Southside Hospital with the $10,000 donation. (Courtesy)