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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The mother of Jacquez "Quez" Welch is working to raise awareness about the condition that took her son's life through the game he loved. The 18-year-old Northeast High School football player died in September 2019 after collapsing during a game. Marcia Welch, his mother, said he had a brain condition no one knew about called AVM (Arteriovenous malformation is an abnormal connection between the arteries and veins in the brain.) She emphasized that playing football did not cause her son to collapse. Brain AVMs are rare, and symptoms like headaches or seizures usually start to show up in adulthood. Nelson said that until Friday, there was never any indication that her son was anything but healthy. Neurosurgeon Kirk Jobe at Bayfront Hospital in St. Pete says just 10 out of 100,000 people have the arteriovenous malformation condition. It's considered a "silent" condition because it doesn't have any signs or symptoms for many people until someone has blood vessels rupture in their brain. It's often not passed down from relatives and can vary significantly from one patient to the next. On Monday, Welch, 17, was taken off life support. His organs will be donated. Welch’s mother, Marcia Nelson, told a congregation full of Northeast faculty and students at Gateway Baptist Church that doctors said seven lives would be saved by her son. “Quez was a giving person. He would give to anyone and everyone if he had it,” Nelson said. “He wanted to do this.” Now Jacquez's mother has started the Jacquez Welch Foundation, which she hopes will create a scholarship fund for students and shed light on AVM.
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Now Jacquez's mother has started the Jacquez Welch Foundation, which she hopes will create a scholarship fund for students and shed light on AVM.
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To raise funds, she is hosts an Annual Flag Football Tournament and also runs a Toy Drive for deserving families for Christmas.
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Now Jacquez's mother has started the Jacquez Welch Foundation, which she hopes will create a scholarship fund for students and shed light on AVM.