The Bothwell Foundation recently presented an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Hayden Liberty Center.

An AED is a small, lightweight device that allows individuals and first responders to treat sudden cardiac arrest by delivering a shock to the victim's chest, ideally restarting their heart. According to an American Heart Association study, victims who received a defibrillator shock from a bystander had far greater chances at survival and being discharged from the hospital than those who did not.


The AED for the Hayden Liberty Center was purchased from proceeds raised at the 2020 Wear Red for Women luncheon and auction. Enough funds were raised from the 2020 event to place 19 AEDs in and around Sedalia. The 2021 event raised funds to place an additional 12 AEDs. The foundation’s goal is to have AEDs in every place people work, learn, play or pray in Sedalia and Pettis County.


In the photo: From left, Lori Wightman, Bothwell CEO and Wear Red Committee co-chair; Diane Burnett, Hayden Liberty Center Association for the Arts executive director; and Dianne Simon, Thompson Hills Investment Corporation property manager and Wear Red Committee co-chair. The 2022 Wear Red for Women event is Feb. 25, 2022.

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