Dedicated to the memories of the ones we love:
Amos Fleisher: August 15, 1972–June 1, 2004
Megan Myers: March 30, 1993–September 26, 2007
Megan and Amos never met but their lives are inextricably linked. In June of 2004, Amos and his friend Jason were planning a trip to Southern California to participate in the Mud Run with Amos’s cousin Howie when Jason was called upon to perform CPR on his friend. Howie still completed the run that year, accompanied by Gail Myers, Megan’s mother, among others as a sign of support.
Fast forward to September of 2007 and Gail is watching the same crisis unfold, but this time its not some stranger in an office far away, it is her daughter Megan. A rising star athlete Megan collapsed in the middle of a cross-country race; her coach performed CPR but the time before a defibrillator arrived was too late.
Like Amos, Megan was known for her drive to succeed without losing sight of what it meant to be human. Megan’s vibrant smile and sense of humor will always remain her lasting legacy for all those who knew and loved her.
It’s not certain whether an AED onsite would have saved either one of these extraordinary lives, but for those of us who loved them we would have liked to try.
Proceeds from this year’s Mud Run will be used to purchase AEDs for the high schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. The presence of these life–saving devices is not enough; individuals must be brave enough to perform CPR to improve the chances of survival and then use the AED.
Please consider donating and getting trained, either in a group setting or with the CPR Anytime™ program.