In honor of Matthew Truax, mom Melinda launches new ‘Heart of Edmonds’ project


hoesd-logo1The 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.

More information about these events, as well as volunteer opportunities, is available on the group’s website; you can also email Melinda Truax at [email protected]


4 Replies to “In honor of Matthew Truax, mom Melinda launches new ‘Heart of Edmonds’ project”

  1. Ever see what gym teachers in elementary schools are making 1st graders on up do?
    I am surprised that no one else has been dropped due to excessive amounts of extraordinary extended work outs , while being denied water.
    Parents, please help your child. Not all teachers are experts’ in physical activity.


  2. Thank you for helping promote this very important project. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we will have a booth space at the Edmonds Waterfrront Festival thanks to the car club for sharing their booth. We welcome everyone to stop by and learn about CPR and AEDs and how they can support our project. Volunteer a couple of hours at one of our events, sponsor, or donate service or item for February 2015 Gala, or a dress for Take This Dress To Heart Fashion Show & Dress Sale. If only I could get every graduate from middle and high school to pledge a gently worn dress for our Fashion Show taking place next April, we could purchase a lot of AEDs for our schools.
    Matthew’s mom.
    Melinda Truax


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