Hypertopic cardiomyopathy, which killed Gable, is the No. 1 cause of sudden cardiac arrests in young athletes, said Amy Mayo of the Gable Heart Beats Foundation. Cardiomyopathy also affects one out of 100,000 children, she added.
"I have also started the Gable Heart Beats Foundation and we are working together with other nonprofits to build heart awareness and raise funds for HCM," Mayo said.
Sept. 17 marked the year anniversary that Pleasanton wife and mother Michelle Gable received the news that her husband had died unexpectedly at the age of 38. They have two children, Matteo and Grace.
Two weeks after her dad's death, Grace was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, said Mayo, and she spent her first birthday fighting for her life.
Mayo noted that Michael was one of the few bi-racial students growing up in Monroe, Wash., and a soccer star who received a full athletic scholarship to St. Mary's College in Moraga, where he and Michelle met.
Michael was the singer in the San Francisco band Segue, which performed in the Bay Area for 15 years. In honor of Michael, the remaining band members are releasing their new album entitled "One Race Human, a Tribute to Michael Gable," partially to benefit the Gable Heart Beats Foundation.
The album is available at seguesounds.com. A benefit concert will take place Nov. 27 at St. Mary's College.