Indiana YMCA Club Now Equipped with Lifesaving Defibrillator


(L to R): Steve Lunn, Laurie Wehner-Evans, and Dave Kasarda. Photo Courtesy of

Duneland Family YMCA in Chesterton, Indiana has received a donation of a HeartSine Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for use during a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

The HeartSine defibrillator will protect the club’s staff, members, and visitors in the event of a SCA, a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.

The AED was donated to the club by Porter Health Care System and presented by the company’s CEO, Steve Lunn, and Director of Community and Corporate Wellness, Laurie Wehner-Evans.

The club is very thankful for the donation and glad to have the device on-hand in the event of a SCA: “On behalf of the Duneland Family YMCA, I would like to thank Porter Health Care System for the generous donation. There have been too many recent stories of athletes – young and old alike – with undiagnosed heart problems dying on the courts and fields,” says Dave Kasarda, Executive Director of Duneland Family YMCA.

SCA strikes almost six million people a year around the world. With a survival rate of five percent or less, SCA is responsible for more deaths than breast cancer, lung cancer, and HIV/AIDS combined.

With 84 percent of SCA events occurring outside of the healthcare setting, including at sporting clubs and recreational centers, it is imperative to have an AED on hand in the event of a cardiac emergency.

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