The holiday season is a time for reflection, and one of the things that many of us think about is what we’ve accomplished this year. When Heathwood Homes and Herity established The Mikey Network back in 2003, we had the goal of placing as many MIKEYs (Automated External Defibrillators) as we could in as many places as possible.
Throughout the year, all of our efforts and fundraising helped us towards that goal. With the help of volunteers and community partners, the expansion of The Mikey Network has created a tremendous impact in our communities. These individuals have put an ample amount of hard work, time, determination, and support, to give families a second chance at life with their loved ones.
The unfortunate truth is that Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone- from a newborn infant to a senior. We’ve established a number of different programs to try to make sure a life-saving MIKEY is available if a Sudden Cardiac Arrest should strike. No matter where you are.
Our Mikey On the Go program placed 100 MIKEY AEDs protecting more than 100,000 bus and train travelers of all ages on a typical weekday.
Mikey Cops Are Tops put 100 MIKEYs with the Toronto Police Services, Provincial Courts, and Collision Centers.
Our Mikey Young at Heart program has placed over 500 MIKEYs in schools including the Toronto District School Board, Peel District School Board, Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board, and Limestone District School Board. In addition, the Mikey Young At Heart App has educated thousands of High School students in how to use a defibrillator and how to perform CPR.
Our Mikey’s Kids program places portable MIKEYs with children at high risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest, that need to have a MIKEY at hand at all times. Many of these children would not be able to leave the hospital without their MIKEY.
This year alone we have received over 170 requests for a MIKEY. We were able to place 95 new MIKEY AEDs, including 34 more Mikey’s Kids families. The most important number to us though, is 40. Through our various programs, and placements, 40 lives have been saved with a MIKEY we’ve placed. That’s forty people who have been given a second chance at life.
This is truly the incredible gift for us. We thank everyone for their dedication, support, and generosity, in making this possible. Let us continue to work together to provide more MIKEYs in the New Year. Happy Holidays!