The Arc of Cumberland County’s After School Program recently had a very special guest from the Heroes Foundation NJ. On March 11, 2020, Jennifer Dragotta presented the Arc with an AED (automated external defibrillator). During her presentation to the kids and staff, Jennifer explained how this foundation was created.
In November of 2015, Jennifer’s husband “Pepi”, a 39-year-old father of three, suffered a sudden cardiac arrest while playing a game of soccer with his son’s team at a local sports complex. Thanks to the quick actions taken by other parents on the field, and emergency responders only minutes away, Pepi survived this potentially tragic event.
The immediate use of CPR and an AED saved Pepi’s life. Although emergency responders did have an AED, there was not one at the sports complex. That was the spark that ignited this cause and the Heroes Foundation NJ was born.
To date, more than 80 AED’s have been donated to deserving non-profits in New Jersey. Some time ago, Jenn and Pepi encouraged us to submit an application to the Heroes Foundation NJ. We did and were fortunate enough to receive an AED to be located in our Evanoff Center location at 1680 West Sherman Avenue in Vineland. We provide numerous services at this site to children and adults with disabilities, their families, our staff, numerous visitors, and guests
We are extremely grateful for this life saving donation. When people talk about cardiac arrest, they say “if only there was an AED”……. or they say “thank goodness there was an AED!”