Heartwarming Charity – The Mikey Network
Having an AED around will more than double the chances of survival. Simply having these life-saving devices accessible increases the likelihood that someone will live through a cardiac arrest event. First Edition is constantly striving to increase AED awareness (particularly through our #FindAnAED campaign), but there is more that can be done as well! One amazing charity that is striving to increase AED locations is The Mikey Network. Check out what this heart-warming organization is doing to help hearts!
About this Charity:
“The Mikey Network is working to create public awareness and provide education about heart-healthy lifestyles. Currently we are focusing on the Mikey Young at Heart Program that places “MIKEYS” (public access defibrillators) with high-risk children who are in danger of sudden cardiac arrest.”
– The Mikey Network
The Mikey Network was established in memory of Michael Hart Salem. This kind and caring man did much for his friends, family, and the community. Unfortunately, Michael passed away from sudden cardiac arrest (CSA) while playing his favourite game, golf. It was shortly after his death that the Mikey Network was created to help promote “heart-healthy living and to place public access defibrillators” (endearingly called Mikeys by the organization) in as many places as possible. Through this amazing organization, they work to:
- Raise Funds
The team at the Mikey Network seeks out locations that are ‘high-risk‘ and works to raise funds to get a defibrillator placed in that area. Through the collection of donations and fundraising opportunities, the Mikey Network is able to provide AEDs to public locations as well as offer programs that will educate, train, and save lives! Some of these programs include: Mikey On the Go, Mikey On Board, Mikey’s Kids, Mikey Young at Heart, and Mikey Goes to Camp.
The Mikey Network team is constantly creating new programs that will work towards increasing access to AEDs for those at risk. Currently, the organization is focusing on the ‘Mikey Young at Heart Program’ that aims to put defibrillators in schools. The Mikey Network has already placed over 500 AEDs in schools within the Toronto area. This organization primarily supports those at-risk by increasing access to defibrillators, but also supports general heart-health by increasing awareness and giving the public helpful heart-health information.
How to Get Involved:
There are a number of ways you can get involved with the Mikey Network, including:
- “Reporting a Save” – Share an AED Life-Saving Story
- Applying for a ‘Mikey’
Why This Charity is Heartwarming:
The Mikey Network is an amazing charity that wants to ensure “the beat goes on.” In addition to their programs and collection of donations, they offer so much to the community! We all benefit by:
- Increasing AED accessibility
- Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone of any age. The Mikey Network is striving to get AEDs in public locations so that everyone has what they need to be prepared for emergencies.
- Working towards healthier hearts
- By creating further awareness for heart health, the charity encourages the public to get involved by donating, or by spotting AEDs in public locations and sharing it with others! Similar to the #FindAnAED campaign of First Edition, you can check in with the Mikey Network to share your location and use the hashtag to let the world know about these AED locations! The public can also follow their blog for new information, as well as check out the website for heart-healthy actions!
It all comes back to the heart, and that is why we support the Mikey Network for everything they do to increase heart-health and AED awareness!
Want to join the AED movement? If you come across a defibrillator, be sure to snap a photo, share on social media with the hashtag #AEDFound, check-in, and tag us @firsteditionAED! Together we can increase public safety!