In April, we told you about Hunter Hayenga, the extraordinary young man from Windom, MN, who turned his challenge of giving up sports due to a diagnosis of CPVT (catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia) into a school project to raise funds so he could donate two AEDs to two local ballfields. Read his story here.
Hunter’s project was chosen as “best of the night” by a panel of teachers and community judges and won the 2016 Windom Area High School Eagle Achievement Award. Hunter’s mentor, Jim Axford, let AED Superstore know and told us Hunter would not know he had won until Friday, May 6, when he would be presented with the award at the school awards ceremony. When we heard the news, AED Superstore decided to surprise Hunter by sending two representatives to the ceremony to congratulate him in person, let him know how proud we all are to be a part of his story, and to present him with a third AED to donate to the community organization of his choice. Hunter knew immediately he wanted to give the AED to the Red Rock Ridge Learning Center, an alternative school in Windom. Ann Wendorff, the principal at Red Rock Ridge Learning center, was at the awards ceremony and received the AED right away.
“We all have bumps in the road in our lives,” said Ms. Wendorff. “Hunter Hayenga had a big bump and was able to take this potentially ‘life ending’ event and turn it into something positive for many. Hunter reminds many of us what we are to do with adversity….move through it and share what you learned, which Hunter has done. He is wise beyond his years. We are thankful for this outcome.”
All of us here at AED Superstore agree! Congratulations, Hunter!