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July 7, 2008
Media Advisory - Torontonian survives cardiac arrest thanks to Variety Village defibrillator
On Wednesday July 9, a Torontonian who suffered cardiac arrest while exercising at Variety Village will meet the four staff members who saved his life.

The responders used a Public Access Defibrillator donated by The Mikey Network. They had received defibrillator training through the Toronto EMS Safe City Program, which oversees more than 500 Public Access Defibrillators.

Lynne Wallace, President and CEO of Variety Village, will introduce the cardiac arrest survivor. Hugh Heron, Chairman of The Mikey Network will present medals to the four Variety Village employees involved in the save. Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr will talk about the City’s Cardiac Safe City Program.

Date: Wednesday, July 9
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Variety Village fieldhouse, 3701 Danforth Ave. (east of Birchmount)

Variety - The Children’s Charity makes a significant impact in the spirit and lives of children with disabilities. Through its programs, the charity assists young people to recognize their own potential; experience what is possible; and develop the skills to achieve their goals. It is also dedicated to promoting inclusion and integration and strives to make all children more accepting of others. Variety Village, the charity’s flagship project located in the east-end of Toronto, is a world-renowned fitness and life skills facility. Variety Village expands upon the charity’s mandate by delivering programs and services to people of all ages and all abilities.

The Mikey Network is a non-profit organization working to create public awareness and provide education about heart healthy lifestyles. The Mikey Network is committed to placing MIKEYS (Public Access Defibrillators) in as many high-risk locations as possible so people affected by sudden cardiac arrest might have a second chance at life. Founded by Heathwood Homes and The Heron Group, a leading residential developer in the GTA for almost 30 years, The Mikey Network has raised over $1 million and has committed to placing Mikeys across Ontario in such places as schools, gyms, community centres, pools, libraries, municipal offices and hockey arenas.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Lynda Elmy, Variety - The Children's Charity, 416-367-2828 ext. 249, 647-272-7061 (cell),
David Eisenstadt, The Communications Group Inc for The Mikey Network., 416-696-9900 ext. 36,
Lyla Miller, Toronto EMS Media Relations, 416-392-2255, 416-708-8125 (cell),



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