The incident suffered by Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals a few weeks ago, shocked not only the NFL world, but football fans in general and all teams.
Hamlin saved his life thanks to the immediate application of CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), demonstrating the importance of having specialized equipment for this type of emergency. Inspired by that, the Green Bay Packers are doing a good deed.
They want to protect athletes in the Green Bay area
The Packers announced today that they will donate $100,000 in AEDs to schools and recreational sports leagues in the Green Bay area, thanks to a partnership with Bellin Health, which provides healthcare for the team.
A total of 80 AED’s will be distributed to those schools and leagues that do not have these devices. Each one costs a little more than $1,000, but it has been more than proven that they can save lives, like Hamlin’s. The donation will primarily benefit schools and leagues that do not have AEDs.
The donation will primarily benefit youth and recreational sports played throughout Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
“After watching Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest and witnessing the incredible response of the emergency personnel and medical professionals who treated him, we recognized our responsibility to take action in our own community,” Packers executive Mark Murphy said.
The goal is to save lives in that area of the country
Murphy added, “Damar’s injury also reminds us that cardiac emergencies occur every day across the country and in our region. We are proud to work with Bellin Health to equip more sports facilities and organizations with AEDs and the tools and skills they need to save a life.”
In addition to donating the equipment, Bellin Health committed to ensuring that representatives from the various organizations are properly trained in CPR and AED use.
“We are so grateful to the Green Bay Packers for this incredible donation of life-saving equipment to the communities we serve,” said Bellin Health President Chris Woleske.
“Access to this equipment combined with education around how to render aid in a cardiac emergency is proven to save lives,” he concluded.