Mak Yost, left, shown working with instructor Orlando Rodriguez. Photo: Courtesy Faye Yost
Two days in March, separated by three years, changed Mak Yost’s life forever.
The first came on March 19, 2018. Mak, then a senior at Campbell High School in Smyrna, Georgia, was two days removed from his prom night when he was in his weight training class with lacrosse trainer, Sam Viola, and many of his closest friends. A gym rat who played lacrosse, tennis and virtually any other sport you can name, Mak kept in outstanding shape and had no previous medical issues that had been brought to his attention. Of her four kids, Faye Yost describes Mak as the natural athlete who is fearless and endlessly optimistic.
“He’s the one where if there was a rollercoaster, he’s first in line,” Faye Yost said. “When I took my kids to learn how to surf, he’s the one who learned just like that. He was never afraid of anything.”
That’s part of why it was such a stunning turn of events when Mak became dizzy and then fell unconscious during that trainin...
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