AED.US Scholarship Winner, Micah Weidner

Micah Weidner, a high school senior from Peoria, Illinois, has been named the recipient of the AED.US Scholarship.  Micah was chosen by Coro Medical, home of AED.US, to receive a $1,500 scholarship. Micah is following his passion and studying Psychology at Illinois Central College. 

Micah experienced a sudden cardiac arrest when he was just fifteen years old. When his thirteen-year-old brother found him, he jumped into action, called 911, and started CPR. Eighteen responders arrived at the scene and saved his life with the help of an AED. Micah chose to interview the first responder that was responsible for operating the AED, Dan Cunningham.

“Mr. Cunningham says he vividly remembers the winter day when he got the call at the firehouse about a pediatric cardiac arrest. He estimates it took about five minutes for his team to arrive at my house, where they found me unconscious on my bedroom floor with my dad and brother doing CPR. One firefighter started an airway, another took over CPR, and another hooked up the LIFEPAK AED and discovered I was in a shockable rhythm. He says after several rounds of CPR and four to five shocks, my pulse finally came back. He shared that he and his team talk about my call often and are grateful that everything turned out well. I’m so thankful not only for the firefighters and my family but also for the miraculous technology of AEDs for giving me a second chance at life.” To learn more about this touching story, check out Micah’s AED Essay and video submission.

AED.US Scholarship Program is a new program providing $3,000 in scholarships to high school seniors or students enrolled in an accredited college or university. Additional information about the program can be found on our website.

“The AED.US Scholarship program is an important part of fulfilling our commitment to spreading AED and Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness,” states Tommy Wilkins, President of Coro Medical. “We created this program to provide opportunities for students to reach their full potential and make a difference in the healthcare industry.”

Blaire Czarneicki, AED.US Customer Service Director, posing for a headshot. Written by Blaire Kingsmore
Customer Service Director

Blaire attended the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology- Child and Family Studies. She has been in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) industry for over eight years and is the Director of Customer Service for Coro Medical. Blaire is also an American Red Cross-certified CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor, highly trained by each manufacturer on their specific AEDs, and knowledgeable regarding ALL State AED regulations and legislation.“I know that every day I come to work, I am playing a part in saving someone’s life. I am passionate about these devices and am always looking for new and innovative ways to spread awareness and knowledge about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I look forward to the day when everywhere I go, I will see an AED—when SCA will no longer take any lives.”

Last updated July 14, 2022.