Founder – Patrick Spink’s Story
On July 21, 2013, Patrick Spink was running with his Son and fell victim to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). He is commonly referred to as a 5%’er. If it had not been for the quick response of three good Samaritans, He refers to them as “his angels”, who performed CPR on Pat he would be one of the approximately 325,000 people that die each year as a result of SCA in the US alone. About 1000, people a day suffer SCA and only 7% to 8% survive. Of those that do survive 40% suffer brain damage or other disabilities. So needless to say, Patrick is very happy to be in that very, very small number of survivors.
Pat was in a medically induced coma for four days and once his consciousness was regained he learned of his miraculous encounter with “his three angels.” The next several days while he laid in the hospital awaiting his surgery, he and his wife Jodi recognized that if it had not been for those three selfless individuals who performed CPR on Pat he too would have been one of those less fortunate. As a result of his survival, he has a goal to improve the abysmally low survival rates by educating people in the importance of knowing CPR and the value of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). He is doing so through community events. Thus far they have trained over 500 people in Hands Only CPR, provided approximately 100 free EKGs and have had more than 50 pints of blood donated. As a result of financial support and funds raised through these events, Pat’s Heart has placed 13 AEDs into local communities. Nearly two years later Patrick founded Pat’s Heart. A non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest and to increase the number of first responders that will willingly perform CPR or use an AED to save the lives of others.