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Penn. Community Event Raises $100K for AEDs


Aug. 07—About 120 golfers hit the links for a good cause Monday at the Berkshire Country Club in Bern Township.

On Monday, the Friends of Reading Hospital hosted the 17th annual Tower Golf Classic.

The $100,000 raised by the tournament benefits HeartSAFE Berks County to help reduce the mortality rate of sudden cardiac arrest. The HeartSafe initiative aims to put automatic external defibrillators in public areas throughout the community.

Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. It occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating, but having a defibrillator nearby can greatly improve the chance of survival.

The Friends of Reading Hospital has placed 559 AEDs throughout the county since its inception in 2010.

Lil Murphy, chairwoman of the 2018 Tower Golf Classic, presented a check to HeartSAFE at a cocktail reception after the tournament. She was joined by Dr. Michael Koslow, a cardiologist with Tower Health Medical Group; Anthony Martin, EMS outreach coordinator; Anthony Tucci, executive director of the Western Berks Ambulance Association; and Mary Ellen Batman, president of the Friends of Reading Hospital.

Ted Brennan of Lower Macungie, Lehigh County, shared his story of survival after going into cardiac arrest during a local triathlon in May. He benefited from life-saving care at the scene, in the ambulance and at Reading Hospital.

Since May, Brennan and his supporters have raised over $20,000 to put additional AEDs in other locations in the community.

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