The Michael Vincent Sage Dragonheart Foundation’s 4th annual fundraiser to fight sudden cardiac arrest will be held Saturday, April 16, from 2-5 p.m., at the Two Roads Brewery, 1700 Stratford Avenue, Stratford. The event will raise funds to provide defibrillators that can prevent death by Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
Tickets are $50 per person, and include beer and wine, light fare, raffle and silent auction. Guests will have an opportunity to hear an SCA survivor discuss how an AED saved his life as well as view a live AED demonstration.
Tickets may be purchased at defibandlive.org and at the door while they last.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest is currently the leading cause of cardiac-related death in the United States. Every year, more than 326,000 people suffer an SCA, which can strike without warning and oftentimes leads to death. A silent killer, 50% of men and 63% of women who experience SCA have no prior symptoms of heart problems. SCA is a pressing concern for parents, with nearly 10,000 cases of SCA in children alone each year. The Foundation works to reduce SCA-related deaths by improving public education about SCA and automated external defibrillators (AEDs), as well as funding and placing AEDs where they are needed, including schools, churches and camps.
MVS Dragonheart Foundation founder Azadeh Rezvani, who lost her husband to SCA and established the Foundation in his honor, says, “When someone experiences a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, early intervention with CPR or defibrillation makes the difference between life and death. Thousands of young athletes and professionals would have gone on to have normal lives had a defibrillator been on site. We are closing the gap between SCA onset and survival by helping the public understand how easy it is to save a life and by making defibrillators readily available.”
The American Heart Association estimates that anywhere from 20,000 to 100,000 sudden cardiac arrest deaths could be prevented if defibrillation was readily available. Early defibrillation with an AED and use of CPR can more than double chances of survival. However, defibrillators are not mandatory in many public buildings and, when available, the general public often lacks understanding of how to use them. This year, MVS Dragonheart has already donated 12 new AEDs to Connecticut schools, camps and YMCAs.
Visit defibandlive.org for tickets or to make an immediate, tax-deductible donation to the MVS Dragonheart Foundation.
ABOUT MICHAEL VINCENT SAGE DRAGONHEART FOUNDATION
The Michael Vincent Sage Dragonheart Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit established in loving honor of its namesake, who passed away in 2010 at the untimely age of 29 from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the leading cause of cardiac-related death in the United States. MVS Dragonheart Foundation fills the immense gap in public education about the potential for CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to provide lifesaving intervention. MVS Dragonheart Foundation empowers bystanders with increased access to AEDS in key public locations including schools and athletic facilities and a stronger understanding of the ease and safe use of AEDs, when available. For more information or to help save a life, please visit www.defibandlive.org.