The McGraw family, in collaboration with Prairie Heart Institute and the Prairie Heart Foundation, has initiated the Community AED Program as a tribute to Rick McGraw. This program aims to address a pressing need for Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in the community, following a tragic incident during a local baseball practice that resulted in a fatal cardiac arrest.
Brandy Grove, the manager of philanthropy for the Prairie Heart Foundation, emphasized the significance of the program and how it can prevent future tragedies. She highlighted the urgent requirement for quick action during heart attacks, where every second counts. Research demonstrates that prompt administration of CPR and AED can save lives. By providing immediate access to AED machines, the Community AED Program hopes to make a positive difference in life-threatening situations.
Tammy Lett, the chief operating officer of HSHS Medical Group and Prairie Cardiovascular, expressed pride in partnering with the McGraw family and Prairie Heart Foundation to ensure that communities in their service regions have access to life-saving tools.
Several organizations, including the Loami Police Department, The Springfield Hitting Center/Arsenal Baseball Club, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Camp Cilca, and the Rochester Junior High baseball team, have already received AED machines through the Community AED Program. All approved applicants receive the Zoll AED Plus with Real CPR Help®, a device that provides real-time CPR feedback, aiding rescuers in their efforts to save lives.