The 4th annual 5k for Aidan J was held today. The weather finally made a turn around and it was a beautiful morning for a race in Downingtown. Aidan's heart foundation through the 5k is committed to providing awareness, education and support to the local communities in order to create heart-safe communities to help prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).
Over the past four years, over 20 AEDs have been installed in local schools and athletic leagues, 750 children have been screened for SCA, with 12 identified as "potentially life-threatening," and "Aidan's Law" has been drafted in order to have AEDs in all PA schools.
Last year, three students in Chester County were saved as a result of an AED in the school. Pennsylvania does not mandate AEDs in all schools, but Aidan's Law, Act 35, was signed into law on April 18th. Aidan's Law helps to support AEDs in all schools.
Over 500 participants ran or walked the 5k for Aidan J. For the elite runners, 32-year old Phil Dick was the winning male in 18:06 and 34-year old Rachel McGinnis for the females in 18:44. Alex Shaw (20:34) and Britt Price (22:43) were the winners for the non-elite race.