In honor of Matthew Truax, mom Melinda launches new ‘Heart of Edmonds’ project
The mother of 16-year-old Matthew Truax, who passed away at Meadowdale High School last September due to an undetected heart condition, has launched a new project aimed at equipping every public school and athletic field in the Edmonds School District with an automated external defibrillator (AED).
According to Melinda Truax, the Heart of Edmonds School District and Community Heart Safe Project is designed to educate the community on the safety and use of AEDs; raise money for AEDs in school facilities and develop an emergency plan for sudden cardiac arrest; and implement ongoing instruction and maintenance programs.
The one-time project will include a Save a Life; Equip a Hero auction and gala fundraiser on Feb. 28, 2015 and a Take This Dress to Heart Fashion Show and Sale in April 2015. The project is also seeking student ambassadors at every elementary, middle and high school in the Edmonds School District, to recruit student
Volunteers will also be out in force at a variety of events this summer and fall — including the Edmonds Fourth of July Parade, the Tour de Terrace in Mountlake Terrace and the A Taste of Edmonds — to raise awareness and money for this important cause.