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Fundraiser to Help Purchase Automatic External Defibrillator

Local pools are required to purchase the device that can help save lives. The Connor Cares Foundation is hosting a fundraiser in September to help purchase the machines for public and semi-public pools.

A local charity is holding a fundraiser next month to raise money for defibrillators at area pools.

The Connor Cares Foundation will host the event at J. King's Restaurant in Gambrills on Sept. 15, and benecificiaries could include pools in the Severna Park area.

Cindy Neseth operates the North Severna Park pool and inquired to the Connor Cares Foundation about obtaining an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

The Connor Cares Foundation was founded in memory of Connor Freed, a 5-year-old boy who drowned in a Crofton pool in 2006.

As of July 2012, Anne Arundel County that requires automated external defibrillators at local public and semi-public pools.

Neseth said in an email to Patch that the cost of an AED, about $1,500, is prohibitive to many community pools, including North Severna Park. She reached out to the foundation to see about a donation.

The organization donated an AED to the Waugh Chapel Swim Club where it was on hand—but ultimately not used—when lifeguards saved.

The nonprofit responded to Neseth and said they are being flooded with requests and therefore are hosting a fundraiser to help raise money to purchase more AED's for public pools.

The fundraiser at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 at J. King's in Gambrills. Tickets are $20.  More information can be found on www.connorcares.org.

Does your Broadneck community pool have an AED?

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