Saint Michael’s Foundation
Helping Save Lives in Portage County
David Gliniecki’s workout ended early when he lost consciousness and collapsed. His heart had stopped. Fortunately, the fitness center had an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) and a trained staff. A cardiac care nurse and a CPR instructor also happened to be bystanders. Together, they restarted his heart before EMS arrived, less than 10 minutes later.
“I’d probably have died if help wasn’t right there, despite how fast the EMS arrived. A doctor took a look at my chart and said, ‘so you’re the lucky one.’”
David joined CAST as a community member and cardiac arrest survivor. “I want to help those who helped me, and help others survive.”
CAST is focused on making surviving cardiac arrest part of the culture of Portage County. Working to put more AEDs on hand, along with people nearby who are trained and willing to use them, are CAST’s top priorities.
CAST is working with Saint Michael’s Foundation to raise money for AEDs and training. Your gift today will help realize this dream.
For more information on CAST and how you can help, please call 715.343.3259.