In just two years, we have trained hundreds of people and donated several AEDs into local business, schools and churches more than doubling our goal from Pat’s Heart’s inception in 2014.
At our First Annual Heart Day last year, representatives from the Gwinnett County Fire Department trained 150 people in CPR and AED applications. Cardiologists provided 48 EKGs for attendees of which 10 individuals were told they needed to see a cardiologist and one young man learned he had a sever blockage – all information that will help save their lives from any potential SCA attacks.
The Fire Chief from Gwinnett County was so pleased with the day he suggested we make it an annual event. It was at this point that we recognized that when people understand the tragedy that exists for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victims and the horrific survival rate, they willingly want to educate themselves and are help support the cause.
Since what has become our Inaugural event, 50 EKGs where provided and we raised enough funds to acquire an additional 7 AEDs. In 2015 one of the recipients of our AED donations decided to pay it forward and trained 102 people in CPR and raised enough to purchase an additional AED. To continue hosting and co-hosting Heart Day we decided to incorporate and file for 501c3 status. We look forward to increasing the survival rate of SCA by raising awareness and educating communities on the importance of knowing CPR.
One of the most rewarding days I have ever experienced! Everyone agreed they can’t wait until next year’s when the event will be even bigger. – Elizabeth Kane Carter
Today’s event hosted Cardiologist, EMTs and Nurses. All of them donating their time off for at Dacula United Methodist Church for CPR training, blood donations and free EKG’s. Most certainly the best spot to be on this Saturday morning. – Anne Marie Tucker
Great job was performed by the entire team. It is hard to believe you guys put this together with such limited resources. Keep up the good work. – Darrell Dobresk
Pat’s Heart continues to host fantastic events! Next year let’s shoot for training 1000 people, you should consider multiple venues next year. – Capt. Tommy Rutledge GCFD