Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation announces AED grant recipient

FLUSHING — The Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation has awarded its first Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Grant for 2021 to the Flint Police Activities League (PAL).

The PAL, which hosts afterschool events at the Haskell Community Center in Flint, will be receiving their first life-saving AED with free training. A typical afterschool day for PAL includes mentoring 75-100 students and upwards of 200 youth daily in the summer months.

The Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation provides Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to schools and youth programs and partners with the medical team from Hurley Children’s Hospital in bringing Free Teen Heart Screening Clinics to Michigan’s middle and high school students. For more information, visit tommysheart.org.

The Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation was created in memory of Flushing High School senior, Thomas N. Smith (age 17) who died in 2011 of sudden cardiac arrest as a result of hypertrophic cardio-myopathy. Per the American Heart Association, approximately 10,000 children under the age of 19 will suffer a sudden cardiac arrest this year, with 85 percent having no symptoms before they collapse. The mission of the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation is to prevent all families from suffering the loss of a child, by providing early detection and education for teenage heart ailments. — B.G.