GRAND RAPIDS – Over the past month, a man in West Michigan has raised more $ 5,000 to place AEDs in each Gazelle Sports facility.
Ted Kushion is motivated by a story of his own. On Labor Day 2019, he suffered cardiac arrest while at home with his family.
“I have no recollection of it,” Kushion said. “My wife had to do CPR for about 15 minutes and the EMS came in and they continued, but it wasn’t until I plugged in an AED that, after three tries, they were able to get a heartbeat.
An AED, or Automated External Defibrillator, is a portable device capable of delivering electric shocks to achieve a steady heartbeat.
“It ended up saving my life,” Kushion said.
But when he returned to work as a sales representative for Mizuno – a company that supplies sports equipment to companies like Gazelle Sports – Kushion was lacking in motivation.
“I was struggling,” he said. “And then I…
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