RYAN POWELL MEMORIAL FOUNDATION AND PROJECT ADAM TEAM UP TO DONATE PORTABLE AED MACHINES TO KISD MARCHING BANDS
At last Friday’s Keller High vs Timber Creek Football Game, Rose and Rick Powell of the Ryan Powell Memorial Foundation, and Sarah Thieroff, Project ADAM Coordinator with Cook Children’s Heart Center, presented portable AED machines to the KISD Marching Band Programs.
Ryan Powell was a student-athlete at Southwest High School from 2006 to December 2009. Ryan participated in football and baseball throughout his high school career. His ultimate goal was to play college baseball and then eventually become a high school football coach.
On Monday, December 7, 2009, Ryan had a college tryout in front of several college baseball coaches. He did well and felt like a few coaches were interested in him. The following night on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 the nightmare of every parent was about to unfold within the Powell household. Ryan came home from school and while getting ready to go to the Raider’s basketball game, he complained of his chest hurting. He went in his room to get his shoes so his parents could take him to the hospital to get things checked out. He collapsed in his room and was never able to be resuscitated.
Following Ryan’s death, Rick and Rose Powell established the Ryan Powell Memorial Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to make sure every school has enough defibrillators. Studies have proven over and over again that the likelihood of saving someone’s life during a sudden cardiac event when having a defibrillator device nearby goes up tremendously. The average cost of each AED and alarmed cabinet is around $2800. In the last 4 years, the Ryan Powell Memorial Foundation has donated 19 AEDs to schools in and around the Fort Worth metropolitan area.
Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) is a national non-profit program intended to help schools in all communities build CPR-AED or Public Access Defibrillator programs and save lives by empowering schools and communities to be prepared for a sudden cardiac arrest. It began in 1999 after Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin high school student, collapsed and died while playing basketball. Adam’s parents, Patty Lemel-Clanton and Joe Lemel, collaborated with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to create the program in Adam’s memory. Project ADAM has grown to 20 national hospital affiliates in 16 states. Schools throughout the country need support to implement CPR-AED programs that save lives and Project ADAM provides the resources to do so. Today, over 150 lives have been saved as a testament to Project ADAM’s partnership and support to schools in responding to cardiac emergencies. To date, there are 413 recognized Heart Safe Schools and Keller ISD is one of 14 recognized Heart Safe School Districts across the state of Texas who have achieved Heart Safe School designation through the Project ADAM Texas program. Every school in Keller ISD has a Cardiac Emergency Response Team, a Cardiac Emergency Response Plan for their AED and practices their emergency response with school-based AED drills.
Thank you to the Ryan Powell Memorial Foundation and Project ADAM for the donation of backpack AEDs to all four high school band programs. Keller ISD truly appreciates this life-saving gift!