Welcome to Caleb Perkins' Personal Fundraising Page
Dear Friends and Family,
On March 18, 2016, my life was forever changed. I have no memory of that day, but here’s what happened. For my fourth event of the practice, I was running a 400 meter time trial against some of my closest friends. After the race was over, I told my friends that I felt like I needed to stretch, so I sat down. Immediately after I sat down, my heart stopped, and I went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). My friends who were running next to me instantly yelled for help, and got the athletic trainers. At the same time, my coach saw that I was unresponsive so he ran over and began CPR. Also during this time, my athletic director called 911. After the athletic trainers got to me, they made the crucial decision to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), and shock my heart. After the first shock I was still unresponsive, so they shocked me again. When the ambulance arrived, the paramedics shocked me a third time and finally got a pulse. They then rushed me to Akron Children’s Hospital. After I was stable, they transported me to Cleveland Clinic Children’s and put me into an induced coma so that my heart and body could rest.
I woke up out of the coma after 48 hours, and stayed in the hospital for 17 more days. I had multiple EKGs and MRIs, along with genetic testing. The day before I was discharged, I had an ICD/ Pacemaker put in my chest which allows my heart to stay in rhythm, and if I were to ever go into SCA again, it would shock my heart back to normal.
After my lifesaving experience, I was motivated to give back. I started a fund at my high school, Revere, called CPR or Caleb Perkins Revived fund. Its purpose is to raise money for AEDs in my school district in hopes to save lives in a situation such as mine. Fortunately, Revere had an accessible AED that revived my heart – but AED machines are not currently mandatory in Ohio schools.
My mission now is to spread awareness about the importance of AED machines and hopefully save lives. I contacted my incredible physician at Cleveland Clinic Children's, Dr. Peter Aziz, to tell him about my goal of getting AED machines into local schools. Cleveland Clinic Children's is now supporting me in achieving my initial goal of raising $16,000 to purchase 8 new AED machines, pads and a training class for local schools.
Please join me and Cleveland Clinic Children's so together we can save lives.
Thanks again for your support.