AARC ⚡ AED
In the late summer of 2019, Ted Kushion’s life would be changed forever. Who is Ted Kushion you ask? Well… we’ve known Ted for years and he’s our amazing Mizuno rep. Ted has been involved in the running community since he could walk, competed in Track & Field at Grand Valley State University, and has maintained a healthy lifestyle filled with running, cycling, fishing, and keeping up with his two young daughters.
After a weekend up north with his family, Ted would awake in the middle of the night and minutes later his heart would unexpectable stop. Yes, STOP for a heart-stopping 15 minutes! Ted’s wife, Deb, administered CPR until an AED was used to get his heart pumping again and save his life. This whole experience drastically changed Ted’s life forever.
What is an AED? An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It's a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.
Ted was rushed to the hospital that night. For 3 long days he was on a ventilator and in a medically induced coma. When Ted awoke, he couldn’t speak since his vocal cords were damaged and he had memory loss from basically not being alive for 15 minutes. After many tests, no one could explain what caused his heart to stop so suddenly. He was told recovery would be a long road and that he would need to take it easy for months. They implanted a defibrillator into his chest and sent him on his way to begin the recovery process at home.
Being in such great health paid off for Ted as he was able to get back on his feet much quicker than most. Within a few months Ted was back at work for Mizuno and beginning to exercise again. Less than a year later, Ted successfully completed his first event, THE WATERMOO, a 111-mile gravel cycling event right here in southeastern Michigan!
Ted is on a mission! Ted would like each of his premier accounts/running stores that he works with to have an AED in case someone else finds themselves in the same situation he was in.
Proceeds from the sales of our AARC ⚡ AED shirt will help us get an AED for our Tuesday and Saturday GROUP RUNS from our Kerrytown shop.