A Heartfelt Donation to Wheeler’s Northwest Village School

Wheeler’s Northwest Village School received an automated external defibrillator (AED) donation from In a Heartbeat, Inc. This was the organization's 14th AED donation. Mike Papale created the foundation two years ago to prevent death from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and sudden cardiac arrest by raising awareness, enabling research, and donating AEDs to places that need them. Mike has HCM and nearly died at age 17 after experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.

The donation to Wheeler's Northwest Village School was made possible by the Gatcomb family as part of their own commitment to give back after their son, Chris, who serves in the U.S. Coast Guard, experienced a sudden cardiac arrest earlier this year and was saved with an AED.

Mike Papale, president of In a Heartbeat, Inc., discusses how the donated AED works.
His mom, Joan Papale, is seated beside him.



L to R: Joan Papale, Mike Papale, president of In a

Heartbeat, Inc., Mike Russo, Psy.D., vice president, Education Services, Wheeler; Chris Gatcomb, Patty Gatcomb and
Warren Gatcomb


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