MENASHA, Wis. (WBAY) – On Friday, about 100 people will hit the links to raise money and awareness for Gold Cross Ambulance’s fund in the Fox Cities.
All proceeds from the 20th annual HeartStart Charity Golf Outing at Royal St. Patrick’s Golf Course go toward increasing the number of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the Fox Valley. An AED shocks the heart so it can get back into normal rhythm when someone goes into cardiac arrest.
“We use that money to aid people in creating awareness about calling 911, utilizing and deploying AEDs and training people in CPR and AEDs throughout the Fox Cities area,” said Steve Radich, administrative director for Gold Cross Ambulance Services.
Over the past 20 years, the golf outing has helped the Gold Cross raise about $125,000.
“We can’t have an ambulance on every street corner, so we thought the next best thing is to reach out to the public,” said Radich.
To date, Gold Cross has assisted in placing over 300 AEDs in public places, which is something Kevin Carley, a cardiac arrest survivor, appreciates.
“I never thought it would happen to me,” said Carley.
In March, Carley suffered a cardiac arrest while working out at the YMCA.
“After my warmup I started running. Then I broke out in a cold sweat, got dizzy, started stretching, and the next think I know I woke up in the hospital,” said Carley.
Carley said he doesn’t remember a lot of what happened, but he knows it was the quick thinking of people around him that saved his life.
“I was resuscitated by an AED,” said Carley.
Carley said he isn’t the best golfer around, but he’s honored to take part in the HeartStart Charity Golf Outing on Friday as a survivor and father of two young girls.
“Still being here is great to be with them,” said Carley.