How The Mikey Network Started
The Mikey Network was named for Mike Salem – a partner in Heathwood Homes and Herity. In the summer of 2002, Mike was on a golf course in the beautiful Muskokas. He hit his first shot, drove up to his second and then his heart skipped a beat. Miles away from help, Mike passed away doing what he loved best, playing golf.
The first year, we committed $50,000 raised at a golf tournament to the Cardiac Safe City Program. Since then, with the help of dedicated volunteers and community partners, the Network has grown beyond our wildest hopes.
If the need arises, parents are in the best position to act in those first crucial moments. The sense of security this program offers high-risk patients, their families and their medical teams is priceless, knowing that should the child’s heart skip a beat, their MIKEY can provide a second chance at life.
“The Mikey’s Kids Program ensures that families whose children have life-threatening heart conditions, have access to life-saving AED technology. The availability of an AED for these high-risk patients gives the families (and their medical team here at SickKids) wonderful piece of mind.”
– Dr. Joel Kirsh of SickKids Hospital – one of The Mikey Network’s critical partners.