Recently, we shared a story of Griffin Martin, a young man who tragically passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest while at school.

Griffin’s family recently sat down with the CBC to talk about their son and to talk about the need for AED’s to be placed in public schools. They believe that if an AED was available at his school, it could have helped to save Griffin’s life. They have now started a campaign to raise money to buy AED’S and place them in schools to make sure that incidents like the one their family dealt with, never happen again.

Below is the CBC web story, and the CBC radio and television interviews.

CBC web story
http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/a-heartbeat-away-ottawa-school-defibrillator/

The National on CBC


CBC News Ottawa
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/programs/ottawamorning/aed-campaign-1.4349174

The MIKEY Network has partnered with the Martin’s, to bring awareness to their campaign. Support them today by donating to their campaign here.

In honour of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness month, The Mikey Network has launched a promotion to bring awareness to AED locations.

To enter, simply post a photo of any public AED with the Hashtag #SHOWANAED to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. All entries must be posted publicly (for all to see).

Winners will be chosen at random each week and will receive a $25 Itunes card.

Read Full Promotion Rules here.

 

 

This past weekend Mustard Seed Racing and Tarpin Lumber raised money for The Mikey Network at an action-packed race at Sunset International Speedway.

The money was raised from a 50/50 fundraiser. Members of the race team sold tickets to race spectators and half the money went to the raffle winner, and the other half went to The Mikey Network.

We want to say a huge thank you to all of the great people at Tarpin Lumber and Mustard Seed Racing for their ongoing support. We hope to continue enjoying these action-packed weekends with such great supporters and friends.

 

On February 24, 2017, during recess, Griffin Martin was playing outside with his friends at school, when he paused and fell down. To his friend’s it looked like a practical joke, but they soon realized that he wasn’t joking around. Griffin was suffering from a cardiac arrest.

After noticing the incident, school officials began attempts to resuscitate Griffin. Paramedics and ER doctors continued their efforts but were ultimately unsuccessful.

Griffin’s family reflected on the incident and wondered if something more could have been done to help him. They came to the conclusion that with the assistance of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) during those first moments of his cardiac arrest, he may have had a better chance of surviving.

To honor Griffin’s memory, his family has launched a fundraiser to place AED’s in Ottawa schools so that kids may have a better opportunity of surviving a similar situation.

Griffin’s family has teamed up with The Mikey Network to help raise funds to provide AED’s for Ottawa schools, support AED training for staff, and ensure AED registration.

Please join us in supporting their AED’s For Schools campaign. Visit aedsforschools.com to learn more about Griffin’s story and to make a donation.

 

As students head back to school there is often a lot to occupy their time during the first few weeks of the semester. They’re catching up with friends, joining clubs, and beginning their studies. All of these activities are highly important while progressing through high school, but one that should be added is learning about heart-health.

Each year in Ontario, children and teens are among the 6,500 people who experience sudden cardiac arrest. Although the amount of youth that is affected by cardiac arrest is much smaller than that of adults, we at The Mikey Network know that it’s important to teach good practices early on, so that students are prepared for emergencies in the future.

Heart-health isn’t limited to just learning how to perform CPR or how to save a life using first aid. It’s also about retaining a healthy lifestyle. Learn about some of the ways that your child can become involved in more heart-healthy forms of education.

Mikey Young at Heart APP

Not only does the Mikey Young at Heart app provide students with the opportunity to earn volunteer hours that they will need to graduate, but they will also learn how to use an AED or perform CPR in emergency situations. Students begin the process by downloading the app and registering online. Then they earn their volunteer hours by watching instructional videos and completing the course’s exercises.

Health Class

What these health classes are called will vary by school but will focus on teaching students the proper understanding of CPR, first aid, and the human anatomy. Registering for this course can give students a hands on approach to scenario’s that they may deal with if they were to face an emergency situation in real life. Students will also learn about the human anatomy which will provide them with further information on how the rest of the body functions. These classes are of great benefit to those who are looking to enter any medical profession later on in life.

Physical Education/ Sports

Having an active lifestyle is one of the best steps that you can take to prevent heart disease and cardiac arrest. Students that are enrolled in a physical education class or in an extracurricular sport will benefit from learning how to regularly perform a physical workout routine from a trained professional. Some schools will go even further by providing sports academies for students, where they’ll learn about sport/life balance and more advanced topics like Kinesiology.

Cooking 

Most high school students don’t have a good understanding of the nutritional effect that foods will have on their health. If your child is enrolled in cooking classes, they will learn how to cook meals to get through each and every day, while also learning about the proper nutrition that each meal will provide. Building an understanding of what is and isn’t a heart-healthy meal early on in their lives will help them to retain a healthier lifestyle.

These are just some of the things that can help to benefit your child’s heart-health. Regardless of what they do, or what courses they take, what’s important is that they are actively looking to improve their health and learn how to live a healthy lifestyle.