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Project ADAM

Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) aims to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in children and teens through education and life-saving programs.

Project ADAM is a national, nonprofit organization committed to saving lives through advocacy, education, preparedness and collaboration to prevent sudden cardiac death. Focused prevention training and education ensures schools and communities are not only equipped but also trained in prevention of sudden cardiac death.

Project ADAM began in 1999 after a series of sudden deaths among high school athletes in southeastern Wisconsin. Many of these deaths appear due to ventricular fibrillation, a condition in which the ventricles cannot pump blood into the body.

After Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old high school student collapsed and died while playing basketball, Adam's parents — Patty Lemel and Joe Lemel — along with David Ellis, a childhood friend of Adam's, collaborated with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to create this program in Adam's memory.

Golisano Children’s Hospital is an affiliate hospital of Project ADAM partnering with the Lee County School District and Collier County Public Schools to provide AEDs in participating elementary and middle schools in the Southwest Florida area.


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