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Please help me to raise funds to purchase AED's for our schools and athletic fields to make our community HEART SAFE and HEARTSTRONG!

HEARTSTRONG- My name is Gracie and I am 12 years old in the 6th grade from Ayer-Shirley Massachusetts. I started a non profit in my community, in an effort to make a difference. My goal is to raise money to purchase cardiac defibrillators, also known as AED's (Automatic External Defibrillators) for our schools, athletic fields, and facilities.

Each year, 400,000 people die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Sudden Cardiac Arrest, or SCA, is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When someone goes into cardiac arrest, an electrical shock provided by an AED is the ONLY effective treatment. A shock MUST be provided within 3-4 minutes for best chance of survival. For every minute lost waiting for EMS to arrive, ones chance of survival decreases by 10%. The average EMS response time is 9-12 minutes, which is often too late. My goal is to have AED's READILY available ON SITE for use, in case someone goes into cardiac arrest. I am also pledging to provide the knowledge of how to use the AED's, along with CPR to all coaches (school and recreation),school staff, students, athletes, and parents. I want to have an emergency plan in place in case somebody goes into cardiac arrest. Often times, resuscitation is delayed or not done because of fear, not knowing what to do, and/or not recognizing the situation. I want all of our community members to be able to recognize sudden cardiac arrest, and be able to REACT FAST.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest does not discriminate. It can happen to ANYONE, ANYWHERE, and at ANYTIME. There are many causes of sudden cardiac arrest. Some examples include illness, heart defects, heart attack, dehydration, heat exertion, and drowning. Sudden Cardiac Arrest can even happen to young healthy athletes, as a result of a hard blow or impact to the chest. The impact to the chest, can cause the heart to go into a rhythm that is incompatible with life- this is called Commotio Cordis. The ONLY means of survival is shocking the heart back into rhythm by an AED. Commotio Cordis is becoming more common as so many kids play contact sports these days. AED's MUST be READILY available on site for survival. There are so many games, athletes, and spectators in our town,but not enough AED's!!!!! Please help me to attain our goal to place AED's where they can be READILY available for use.

In February of 2013, The National Sports and Safety Association met and decided it was time to talk about something other than concussions. This is because Sudden Cardiac Arrest, or SCA, is the number 1 killer in young healthy athletes. Concussions almost always give athletes a second chance, but Sudden Cardiac Arrest does not. It ONLY does, if people are educated and able to recognize Sudden Cardiac Arrest, that they react fast, AND have the necessary means for survival. Every three days a young healthy athlete dies of sudden cardiac arrest! These cases are more often than not the result of an underlying UNKNOWN heart condition. A heart condition that can not be detected by a routine physical exam and/or from a doctor listening to the heart with a stethaecope. One out of every 250 children have an underlying unknown heart condition that increases their risk for sudden cardiac arrest. It is my goal to raise funds to afford our community a "Wellness Night", whereby each and every school or town recreational athlete will have a Heart Screen performed. My goal is to help detect any underlying heart condition that would have otherwise gone undetected.

Please help me to make our community HEART SAFE and HEARTSTRONG!!

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