Ten years ago Dr. Bradley Dyer was on call for his practice, All Star Pediatrics, when he was contacted by the Chester County Hospital Emergency Department. A 7-year-old, previously healthy patient, Aidan Silva, collapsed at home and tragically died from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Over the next two years the Silva family channeled their grief into creating Aidan’s Heart Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and training the community on what to do in an emergency.
Fast forward to March 2021, Dr. Dyer, a newly appointed Board member of the Chester County Food Bank, was able to connect Aidan’s Heart with the Food Bank to coordinate the donation of an AED. “I’m honored to have had the opportunity to come full circle from being a health care provider to receiving the generous donation from Aiden’s family on behalf of the Food Bank. “said Dr. Dyer of the partnership.
All CCFB staff are going to be trained in the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to help during an unexpected life-threatening emergency of sudden cardiac arrest, the #2 cause of medical death.
“We are thrilled to partner with such a wonderful organization that is providing much needed food to the community,” said Rita Stern Executive Director of Aidan’s Heart. “This will be our 102nd AED donation to support our mission of keeping our communities’ heart-safe.” Stern added, “we are very impressed with the great work the CCFB is doing to combat hunger in the community and their dedication to keep their workplace safe.”
“For the Chester County Food Bank and Aidan’s Heart Foundation, this is a wonderful (and potentially lifesaving) example of organizations coming together as partners in the community,” said CCFB CEO, Andrea Youndt.