Ronald Dundon's Story - Bronson Healthcare
Bronson Heart Patient Receives National Award

   Ronald Dundon                                        

Ronald Dundon had a sudden cardiac arrest in February of 2003. The attending emergency team's use of CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED), a machine used to restart the heart, saved him.

After his recovery, Ronald founded the AED Fund of Kalamazoo County, Michigan to help increase the chances of survival for future sudden cardiac arrest victims in underserved communities. He was a finalist in the safety category of the Volvo for Life Awards, an organization that honors real-life heroes each year in funding and awards to help them continue their work. Ronald was awarded $25,000 from the Volvo for Life awards for the AED Fund of Kalamazoo County to continue donating AEDs to emergency service agencies and schools in our area.

Great work, Ronald!

Did you know?

  • Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, claiming an estimated 325,000 lives each year.
  • During a sudden cardiac arrest, heart function ceases abruptly and without warning. When this occurs, the heart is no longer able to pump blood to the rest of the body, and in some 95 percent of victims, death occurs.
  • While sudden cardiac arrest is a significant public health crisis, it is often misunderstood. It is not a heart attack - it occurs when the heart's electrical system malfunctions and the heart stops beating.
  • The devastating effects of sudden cardiac arrest can be prevented through drug therapies and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).
  • Once a cardiac arrest occurs, CPR and defibrillation is required within the first several minutes. AEDs are critical for rapid response to cardiac arrest.

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