At the Sullivan High School Fan Appreciation Day held on Saturday, August 24th, the Averi Budde Foundation presented an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the Sullivan School District for use by the Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital - School Athletic Trainer, Melissa Mikesch.
The AED donated is a Zoll AED Plus, which is a top of the line device to assist in saving a person suffering from a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The Averi Budde Foundation has provided other AEDs to the district, which are available inside the school building, however this device is in a portable case and will be carried by the trainer to all athletic events and practices in which she is in attendance.
The Averi Budde Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded in 2007, which creates awareness of Pediatric Congenital Health Disease (CHD) and raises funds to support a cure for CHD. Funds from their organization have been contributed to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Cardinal Glennon, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital and others. They have donated over $165,000 toward CHD Awareness and Research.
The Foundation was established after the birth of Averi Rose Budde and her twin, Adison Paige Budde on May 25, 2007. Prior to birth, Averi was diagnosed with several heart defects including Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia, Arterial Septal Defect and Ventricular Septal Defects (holes in her heart) and at three days old, she underwent her first of five open heart surgeries.
Due to the wonderful experience with Averi’s team of nurses, her family wanted to “give back.” The Averi Budde Foundation was originally formed to provide nursing scholarships to the Cardiac Nurses at St. Louis Children’s Hospital for continuing education, to provide financial support to Camp Rhythm and to provide short-term support to St. Louis Children’s Hospital heart families in need. Over the years it has grown to include advocating for research and funding, purchasing AEDs for area schools, as well as providing pulse oximetry equipment for labor and delivery units to aid in earlier detection of Congenital Heart Defects in newborns.
Today, Averi is a happy, energetic twelve year old who enjoys participating in a variety of activities and playing with her twin sister, Adison. “We are excited to have access to the portable Zoll AED Plus for any emergency situations they may occur during a sporting event or practice” said Melissa Mikesch, Sullivan School District Athletic Trainer. “In the event of a cardiac emergency, every second counts, so having the AED in hand can have tremendous impact on the outcome of a very serious situation. We are grateful to the Averi Budde Foundation for their willingness to provide this device to the athletic department.”
About Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital
Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital is an critical access hospital committed to providing quality healthcare services to the residents in Crawford, Franklin and Washington counties. The Hospital’s physicians and staff members offer excellent medical care and take pride in their community service. As part of BJC HealthCare, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital is a member of one of the largest nonprofit healthcare organizations in the United States, sharing the mission of improving the health of the people and communities they serve. For more information on Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, visit missouribaptistsullivan.org
About Sullivan School District
The Sullivan School District is located approximately 65 miles southwest of St. Louis along Interstate 44. The district is bound by 116 square miles and is located in three counties including Franklin, Crawford and Washington. The school district is comprised of five campuses: Sullivan Primary School, Sullivan Elementary School, Sullivan Middle School, Sullivan High School and Sullivan Academic Center. For more information on the Sullivan School District, visit sullivaneagles.org
Pictured in the AED presentation L-R: Melissa Mikesch, MBSH & Sullivan School Distric Athletic Trainer, Averi Budde, Staci Budde and Vicki Isom, Founder, Averi Budde Foundation