Newswise — Peoria, IL (April 2, 2013) – The Geoff Keller Chapter Group of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States announced today a concert remember the life of namesake Geoff Keller with his family and friends and build awareness about Malignant Hyperthermia. The concert is set for April 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 116 North East Perry Avenue. Featured is Walter Stout, a noted organist who holds a PhD in organ performance. Parking is located between the Church and Main Street. Additional parking is located across Perry Avenue. MHAUS Board Members will be on hand to talk about Malignant Hyperthermia and answer questions about this fast-acting potentially fatal disorder triggered by certain types of anesthesia. The concert is in a series of concerts to entertain, inspire, memorialize, and make us all aware of the difference we can make, and support MH education and preparedness.
About Geoff Keller:
Geoffrey Warren Keller, a malignant hyperthermia (MH) susceptible person, passed away on September 9, 2012. Geoff, age 26, will be honored as a loving husband, son, brother, and friend. His family and friends have come together to organize a series of concerts to memorialize Geoff, raise awareness about MH, and fundraise to benefit the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the US (MHAUS) mission to promote the optimum care and scientific understanding of MH and related disorders.
Click this link to the Geoff Keller Group http://my.mhaus.org/group/GeoffKeller to learn more about Geoff, connect with family and friends, and to receive event updates.
About Malignant Hyperthermia and the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS):
MHAUS was founded families who lost their children to MH or could not find information about MH. In 1981 they found each other - and a doctor performing MH testing – and agreed “to make current information about MH available to all who need it.”
MH is inherited genetic disorder found in an estimated 1 out of 2,000 people. MH is triggered by certain anesthesia and most often experienced in individuals undergoing routine surgery but in rare cases MH can happen without anesthesia. Symptoms include body temperature of up to 107 degrees, muscle rigidity, system-wide organ failure, and possible death.
Today MHAUS provides information and resources to medical and lay communities through conferences, educational materials, ID tags, 24-hour MH Hotline, MHAUS website, and with the help of chapter groups like The Geoff Keller Chapter Group of MHAUS.
The mission of MHAUS is to promote optimum care and scientific understanding of MH and related disorders. MH episodes can happen at any time. MHAUS can help you prepare before it’s too late.