Less than 3 months ago, a Staples High School student suffered cardiac arrest while watching a soccer game.
Quick action by trainers and bystanders — including CPR, and the use of an AED by the father of a player — saved the teenager’s life.
An equally speedy response has brought dozens of AEDs — portable defibrillators — to every school in Westport.
The Adam Greenlee Foundation — named for another student brought back to life a year earlier — partnered with the school district and Westport PAL. Within weeks, they’d raised over $85,000.
Last week, 26 AEDs were installed in school gyms and other important locations. The one below was mounted near the Staples cafeteria.
Another 22 AEDs, with travel cases, were given to schools for use on field trips and sports events outside of Westport.
This spring, 17 more will be installed in outdoor cases, for athletic fields and recess areas. Ten others have been given to PAL, for use at sports events outside town.
It was an amazingly rapid — and crucial life-saving — community effort.
Just imagine: If the state Department of Transportation worked at this pace, the Merritt Parkway North Avenue bridge would already be repaired. The North Compo/Main Street/Clinton Avenue realignment would be finished. And the Bridge Street bridge renovation would be over and done, somehow pleasing every single Westporter.
Last month — in the wake of 2 near-tragedies, when Westport youths suffered cardiac arrests but were saved by Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) — “06880” reported on a fundraising initiative.
The Adam Greenlee Foundation — named for a Bedford Middle School student brought back to life — partnered with the Westport School District and Westport PAL. The goal was to install AEDs at all Westport public school athletic fields and gyms. Their goal was $50,000.
They did not raise it.
Instead, they blew past that mark. The total amount donated was $87,837.
Adam Greenlee’s life was saved at Bedford Middle School, by an AED, CPR and the quick actions of staff members. He displays a very important message.
Thanks to the generosity of so many Westporters, the Greenlee Foundation will donate 75 AEDs to the schools and PAL.
17 AEDs for athletic fields and recess areas will be mounted in outdoor cases.
26 AEDs for indoor use will be installed in school gyms and other important locations.
22 portable AEDs, with travel cases, will be given to schools for use on field trips and sporting events outside Westport.
10 portable AEDs, with travel cases, will be given to PAL for use at athletic events outside Westport.
All indoor and portable AEDs will be distributed to the schools in the next 2 weeks. They’ll be installed in cabinets, and ready when staff and students return from the holidays. The outdoor units will be installed before the fields reopen this spring.
David Ingber, and Judy and Alan Panzer, helped immensely with the campaign.
René and Adam Greenlee give great thanks to the Westport community. “Your donations will save lives!” they say.
You can’t ask for a better holiday gift than that.
(Donations are always welcome to the Adam Greenlee Foundation. To help — and learn more — click on DreamOnAGF.org. The Adam Greenlee Foundation is partnered with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, allowing all donations to be tax-deductible and ensuring that 100% of all donations go directly toward the purchase AED’s and training.)
Less than 2 weeks ago, a high school senior — a spectator, not a player — went into sudden cardiac arrest at halftime of a Staples soccer game.
The quick actions of one parent, who had an AED in the trunk of his car; another parent, who is a nurse; an EMT who raced over from the pool, and the school’s 2 trainers — who worked together to apply the Automated External Defibrillator and perform CPR — saved the boy’s life.
It was the 2nd such harrowing experience in 20 months.
Adam Greenlee today.
In January 2014, Bedford Middle School 6th grader Adam Greenlee collapsed during gym class. School nurses, administrators and 1st responders used CPR — and the school’s AED — to bring the youngster back to life.
After surgery to implant a defibrillator into Adam’s chest, his parents and friends formed the Adam Greenlee Foundation.
Its goal is to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrest. It strikes over 400,000 people a year; 9 out of 10 victims do not survive.
Only 32% receive bystander CPR. A mere 2% are treated with AEDs. But when sudden cardiac arrest victims are treated quickly, survival rates climb to 38%.
Westport has taken note of these incidents. And the Adam Greenlee Foundation has taken action.
Yesterday, they announced a partnership with the Westport School District and Westport PAL. AEDs will soon be installed at all Westport public school athletic fields and gyms.
An AED on Wilton’s Kristine Lilly Field. Similar devices will soon be placed at all Westport athletic fields.
Funds are also being raised to donate portable AEDs to each school, to be carried on field trips and during athletic competitions at other schools.
Every day without an AED is a disaster waiting to happen. A fundraising goal of $50,000 has been set — by November 15.
All donations are tax-deductible. 100% goes directly toward the purchase of AEDs, and the training of staff and coaches.
So don’t delay. Here’s how you can help save the life of a loved one. Or maybe your own:
Click here. Fill out your donation in the white box next to the “Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Donation.” Complete billing information; then click “Review Donation and Continue.” On the final screen click “Add Special Instructions.” In the space provided, type “The Adam Greenlee Foundation.” At the bottom of the screen, click the yellow “Donate Now” button to complete your transaction.
You can also send checks payable to “The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation” to: The Adam Greenlee Foundation, 28 Maple Avenue North, Westport, CT 06880. Note on the memo line that the donation is for the The Adam Greenlee Foundation.
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