Athlete Saved by a MIKEY Advocates for More Public AEDs

Zlate Josifouski
Zlate Josifouski

Zlate Josifouski with the shirt he was wearing the day a MIKEY saved his life.
Photo Credit: Susie Kockerscheidt

Here’s a cool update on our most recent MIKEY save.

If you recall, back in July of this year, Zlate Josifouski was playing soccer with his teammates at the Aurora Soccer Club when he experienced sudden cardiac arrest. Luckily, there was a MIKEY automatic external defibrillator (AED) on hand, giving him a second chance at life.

Josifouski’s near death experience now has him advocating for public access defibrillators to be placed in more local sports fields. Sports fields are just one of the many public spaces that The Mikey Network has identified as being “high-risk” and in need of AEDs.

From a recent news article in the Aurora Banner:


“I’m grateful for the people and the equipment that saved my life,” [Josifouski] said. “We should have a defibrillator on every field.”

While he understands the units are costly and the logistics of having a permanent and secure spot for the units on public fields would be a challenge, his experience has made him passionate about pursuing the installation of the units where sports are played, inside and out.

In 2015, Josifouski plans to approach other sporting organizations in Newmarket and Aurora as well as the town councils to state his case and push the importance of getting the units.

– from Athlete pushes for defibrillators on more fields in Aurora Banner via

If you believe, like Zlate Josifouski, that more public access defibrillators are necessary, you can make a donation to The Mikey Network today.