Sun Donates To Hopey’s Heart Foundation

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (October 17, 2013) – The Connecticut Sun Foundation announced it has donated $2,930 – 10 dollars for each rebound collected by Tina Charles during the 2013 WNBA season – to the Hopey’s Heart Foundation.

The Mohegan Sun and Mohegan Tribe Donations Committee will also contribute $2,930 to the Hopey’s Heart Foundation, which was established by Charles last April in memory of her late aunt Maureen “Hopey” Vaz. The Foundation hosts a grant program to supply Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to eligible schools and recreational centers.

“I'd like to thank the Connecticut Sun Foundation and Mohegan Sun for their support of the Hopey's Heart Foundation,” Charles said. “Through their donations, we are able to provide life-saving AEDs to approximately 10 schools and recreational centers throughout the country. I truly appreciate their generosity in helping me to increase awareness of Sudden Cardiac Arrest and the need for AEDs wherever people are active.”

Shortly before the death of her aunt, Charles became aware of the critical need for AEDs while viewing a story on Wes Leonard, a basketball player at Fennville High in Michigan who died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest at the end of a basketball game in March 2011. There was no working AED on site. Prompted by that story, Charles purchased 10 AEDs at a personal cost of $14,775. They were donated to the New York Department of Education and the Wes Leonhard Heart Team.

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