CPR, AEDs save lives

Heart attack is the leading cause of death in the Fox Valley region, and in the United States. AEDs, or automated external defibrillators, save lives. Placement of AEDs in emergency response vehicles, public areas and local business is the focus of the Gold Cross Ambulance HeartStart Foundation.

HeartStart provides AEDs to municipalities of all sizes and to all kinds of organizations, as well as assists in placing AEDs in public locations in the Fox Valley. The HeartStart Foundation fund, held and administered by the Community Foundation for the Fox River Valley Region, helps pay for AEDs. AEDs cost about $1,400 each.

Since the program began in 1998, Gold Cross has assisted in the placement of more than 300 AEDs in the Fox Valley and broader region. Publicly accessible AEDs are located in downtown Appleton, Neenah and Menasha, as well as in smaller municipalities in the region, and scores more are used by law enforcement and other emergency responders.

Thanks to the HeartStart Foundation and community support, the Fox Cities have the most AEDs per capita in Wisconsin.

Gold Cross also provides matching funds to organizations who want to purchase and place AEDs, and trains community members and local businesses in CPR and AED use. To apply for an AED matching grant for your organization, click here.

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Call-Push-Shock

YOU CAN SAVE A LIFE

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The SCA survival rate has remained at about 10 percent for 30 years because we aren’t as prepared as we should be to help save lives.  Since seven in 10 SCA events occur at home, being prepared means you could save the life of someone you love.

The HeartStart Foundation supports the national Call-Push-Shock campaign to help everyone understand how important it is to know what to do when someone collapses from SCA.

  • Call 911 so emergency response can be activated
  • Push hard an fast in the center of the chest (start CPR)
  • Shock the chest using an AED

To learn more, including what an SCA looks like and how anyone can be ready to step up in a heart emergency, visit www.callpushshock.org.  

You can triple a victim’s chance of survival when you take immediate lifesaving action.

Every Golf Course Needs an AED

You can help!

The HeartStart Foundation supports Michel Schelble, an Appleton woman who is dedicated to placing an AED at every golf course in the Fox Valley region.  Her passion springs from personal experience-read her story here.

Support this lifesaving cause! Give today to help the HeartStart Foundation place AED’s in the area golf courses and other locations in the communities Gold Cross Ambulance serves.  Thank You!

HeartStart Charity Golf Outing

The 21st annual HeartStart Charitable Golf Outing will be held on Monday, July 29th 2019 at Ridgeway Country Club, 2913 County Rd II, Neenah, WI 54956.  To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Steve Radich at sradich@goldcross.org.

To register for the 2019 HeartStart Charitable Golf Outing please fill out the online form below.  You will be redirected to PayPal for payment.

Heart Start Golf Outing Registration

In case of rain, passes will be provided for an 18 hour round of golf with a cart.  

Nationwide, there are than 350,000 people each year experience out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. Of that number, only 12 percent survive.