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Project ADAM celebrates 70 and 71 lives saved during National CPR & AED Awareness Week

June 11, 2013 College News - Project ADAM™ (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) announced that 71 lives have been saved since it was founded in 1999. Project ADAM is a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin program that helps schools throughout the nation prepare for and respond to cardiac emergencies. Stuart Berger, MD, Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin, is Medical Director of the program.

The most recent saves occurred in Georgia and Wisconsin. There have been 26 lives saved in Wisconsin schools, 38 in Georgia, two in Pennsylvania, two in Texas, one in Washington, one in Florida and one in Tennessee as a direct result of Project ADAM.  About half of these individuals are adolescents.

“As a national leader in pediatric health care, Children’s Hospital strives to ensure the safety of our children within and outside our doors,” said Dr. Berger, who is also medical director of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Herma Heart Center. “Knowing you helped saved one life is fantastic. To know you have helped save 71 lives truly is incredible.”

Today, in addition to Wisconsin, state affiliates in Alabama, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Washington have Project ADAM programs. To learn more about free templates, plans, video, and other resources Project ADAM provides for schools, please visit    

Project ADAM was created in honor of Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, Wis., high school student who collapsed and died while playing basketball.  “I take great comfort in knowing that honoring Adam’s memory has helped schools around the country save so many lives,” said Joe Lemel, Adam’s dad.

The first week of June is designated National CPR & AED Awareness Week.
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Page Updated 07/23/2013