CMC celebrates Heart Month with AED donations to Millennium Running

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r. Louis Fink, executive medical director, New England Heart & Vascular Institute; Ray Billings, cardiac survivor and runner; Dr. Robert Capodilupo, New England Heart & Vascular Institute; Luis Figueroa, cardiac survivor and runner; John Mortimer, founder and owner, Millennium Running. Courtesy Photo

MANCHESTER, NH — It’s happened more than once. A runner suffers a cardiac arrest or a heart attack in the midst of a race. It could be a tragic situation, but it doesn’t have to be when other runners know how to save a life through hands-only CPR and an automatic external defibrillator, or AED.

On Feb. 20 CMC donated five AEDs to Millennium Running to ensure runner safety along the course of every Millennium Running Signature Event. Millennium events host more than 27,000 registrants a year. That’s 27,000 chances to potentially save a life.

CMC’s New England Heart & Vascular Institute, Millennium Running, runners and cardiac survivors gathered outside CMC Wednesday to celebrate the lives that have been saved – and will be saved – with AEDs and CPR.