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Once again, The Mikey Network was proud to partner with the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada, at The 2012 Walk of Life.  The Walk  took place on place Sunday, May 27th, 2012 at a new location, the Evergreen Brick Works.

We want to thank all of our donors, volunteers, and all the members of Team Mikey for making the 2012 Walk of Life such a great success!

The Walk of Life raises money for the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada, whose cardiac rehabilitation centres take over where our MIKEYs  leave off, helping thousands of cardiac survivors recover and ideally live long and heart healthy lives.

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the Mikey Network raised $150,000!

The Brick Works was a wonderful place for a 3 KM or 5 KM Walk, or 5 KM Run.  This years event even featured a 10 KM Cycle.

It was a beautiful day, and the Team Mikey family was out in full force.


MIKEY AED donated to Haitian orphanageA few weeks ago Jim Reimer reached out to us for help.  Jim, a paramedic, and his wife, an RN, were heading  to the Tytoo Gardens orphanage, in a small fishing village in Simonette, Haiti.

Jim informed us that Tytoo Gardens has the only 24 hr free medical clinic in the area, the nearest hospital being in Port Au Prince, about 2 hrs away.

Jim and his wife were going to work and teach in the clinic, and they were bringing medical supplies as well as clothing for the orphans.  He said they needed a defibrillator, and asked if we could help.

We were happy to be able to donate a MIKEY , and they were kind enough to send this picture to show it arrived.

Toronto Police CollegeThe Mikey Network is proud and thankful that a police officer was saved using a MIKEY defibrillator.

On May 2, 2012, at the Toronto Police College, a 52 year old male police officer went into cardiac arrest while exercising as part of his regular training program.

“Fortunately, others at the Toronto Police College gymnasium on Birmingham St. in Etobicoke performed CPR and applied the MIKEY defibrillator. After two shocks, they were able to get a heartbeat. He was transported to Mississauga Trillium Hospital for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery,” said Mikey Network Chairman Hugh Heron.

The MIKEY was one of the approximately 60 defibrillator units donated to the Toronto Police Services, Provincial Courts and Collision Centres, as part of our Mikey Cops Are Tops program.

Police Officers put their lives on the line for total strangers every day.  They are among the first to arrive at emergencies and true heros in every sense of the word.  We are delighted that this officer’s emergency had a positive outcome.



Mikey Network wins BILD Stephen Dupuis Community Building Award

Mikey Network Chairman Hugh Heron (centre), Executive Director Morty Henkle (at left) and members of Team Mikey

The Mikey Network was honoured by BILD (Building Industry and Land Development Association) on Friday night, April 27, 2012, at the 32nd Annual BILD Awards.

The Mikey Network was recognized with the first ever Stephen Dupuis Community Building Award, named after the late Stephen Dupuis, BILD’s President and CEO of over 20 years.

“To hear that every 12 minutes someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest in Canada, it can make you feel helpless, but The Mikey Network and its mission to place public access defibrillators in as many high-risk locations as possible gives everyone a chance to help,” said BILD Chair Paul Golini Jr.

“This is a great example of a BILD member committed to community building through exceptional charitable and community involvement,” Golini added.

Thank you BILD!

Thanks to the quick-thinking of gym teacher Jeff Crewe, 18 year old high school student Ajethan Ramachandranathan, is alive today.

Jeff Crewe used MIKEY defibrillator to save student's life

Weston Collegiate Institute gym teacher Jeff Crewe.PHOTO Aaron Vincent Elkaim for National Post

The Weston Collegiate Institute student was in Jeff Crewe’s gym class Friday morning, when the boy went into cardiac arrest.

Crewe quickly grabbed the school’s MIKEY defibrillator and went to work saving his student’s life.

In an interview with CityNews Toronto, Crewe said,

“He just collapsed. There was nothing leading up to it, his eyes were rolled to the back of his head, and his tongue was out of his mouth and there was nothing. No emotion. No nothing.

We got the defibrillator, we put the defibrillator on him, the machine said shock advised, we shocked him.

He started gasping again, that’s when we stopped chest compressions and we just kept talking to him, encouraging him to keep breathing.  He’s a wonderful young man with a bright future and that’s all we could hope for, that he would be okay.”

Ajethan Ramachandranathan, student saved by MIKEY defibrillator

Ajethan Ramachandranathan, April 17, 2012. PHOTO CITYNEWS.

Said Ajethan Ramachandranathan from his hospital room,

“He saved my life. I really need to see him in person and thank him for that. Thank you sir for saving my life.

Now knowing I almost died, I’m going to try to live life even fuller…going to try to do things I’ve never done before,”


The MIKEY was donated to Weston Collegiate Institute by The Mikey Network through our Mikey Young At Heart School Defibrillator Program.  120 MIKEYS (defibrillators), plus the cost of training of up to eight staff at each location, were donated to the TDSB in 2007.

See the entire interview on CityNews Toronto.

The story was also covered in the National Post.