Golden Valley coach suffers stroke at camp


A Golden Valley High coach suffered a stroke and was hospitalized Sunday during a camp in Palm Springs.

Ed Santos, the Grizzlies’ head cheer coach, was in the intensive care unit at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage on Tuesday, according to Hart district spokesman Dave Caldwell.

Santos suffered the stroke shortly before the Golden Valley cheer team was set to perform Sunday at a camp in Palm Springs, Caldwell said. Santos was taken away by ambulance.

According to Caldwell, doctors reported Tuesday that Santos might have suffered brain damage and “if he survives, they’re not sure what kind of function he will have.”

Twitter accounts associated with Golden Valley expressed support for “Coach Ed” on Tuesday.

“Our prayers are going out to Coach Ed and his family,” wrote Golden Valley ASB. “Please take a moment to spread some love and appreciate everyone Grizzlies.”

Wrote Golden Valley Track, “Sincere thoughts and prayers toward Coach Ed of GV Cheer, his family, friends and GV Cheer Squad.”

Santos’ family has been with him in ICU, Caldwell said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Santos.

7:03 p.m., July 25: Story was updated to reflect that the Golden Valley team was at a camp when the incident occurred. 

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