To provide training to the community on AED communication and usage and to fundraise and place AEDs in public athletic parks and places. This will allow us to give persons that have a sudden cardiac arrest a much better chance at survival and we do this in a legacy of Teddy Dowdle.
Teddy was born with a congenital heart defect, bicuspid aortic valve. At the age of 16, he had a successful surgery to replace his aortic valve and as a result, he was cleared to play basketball. On May 4th 2022 at the age of 22 Teddy collapsed and suffered sudden cardiac arrest while playing basketball with his brother and friends. CPR was administered but there was no immediate access to an AED. It has become the family’s mission to push for wide spread access and availability of AED units.