Andrew Rosbrook set to run 470 km one year after his heart stopped
OTTAWA, May 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Starting at 8am, from the Police Memorial on the west side of Parliament
Hill in Ottawa, Toronto police Const. Andrew Rosbrook, 48, of 54 Division,
will begin a planned 470-km run — exactly one year from the day he
On May 5, 2013, Rosbrook was within sight of the finish line of
Toronto's annual spring half-marathon when he suffered a sudden cardiac
arrest. He doesn't remember the event; in fact, after hitting about the
15-km mark, he doesn't remember anything until he awoke at St.
Michael's Hospital hours later, with a second chance at life and 10
stitches on the gash to his chin he suffered when he collapsed.
Co-sponsored by Two Men and a Truck - Canada and Heathwood Homes,
Rosbrook's "New Life Marathon" celebration run will raise awareness for
the need for public access AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillator),
Joining Const. Rosbrook on the run is his father; following in a chase
vehicle will be Const. Rosbrook's wife and mother.
DAY 1 ITINERARY (May 5, 2014)
8:00AM - PARLIAMENT HILL (Police Memorial - west side of the Hill)
9:30AM - 258 HUNT CLUB. RD. (Plaza at Riverside Dr. / Hunt Club Rd. -
near Ottawa airport)
1:00pm - MANOTICK (St. Brigids Church, 2015 River Rd.)
7:00pm - KEMPTVILLE (The Clock - Clothier St. W. / Prescott St.)
One year ago, It was the alarmed scream of a fellow runner as Rosbrook
hit the ground that brought over Det. Laurie McCann, who was handling
traffic detail nearby, and an off-duty physician there in support of
his wife; a paramedic and a paramedic in training soon joined the CPR
efforts to revive Rosbrook.
In response to a radio call, two paramedics with a MIKEY arrived by
bicycle, and administered a shock to the chest that started Rosbrook's
heart and saved his life after he'd been without a pulse or a heartbeat
for over five minutes. He was running again just one month later.
Many support runners including his wife Sandy and mother Anita will
accompany Rosbrook for portions of his "New Life Mikey Marathon"
celebration run, but it is his father Mike who will be his most
Stops on Rosbrook's Ottawa to Toronto route will include Kemptville, Brockville, Gananoque, Kingston, Napanee, Belleville, Trenton, Brighton, Cobourg, Port Hope, Newcastle and Oshawa before he finishes (approx. 6pm, May 12) where his story began, at the
same Ontario Place (Toronto) location of last year's finish line. Runners are encouraged
to join Rosbrook anywhere along the route.
"A MIKEY defibrillator played a crucial role in my survival and
recovery, and my hope is that one day they'll be commonplace in our
society," Rosbrook said. "To help spread that message, I will run,
walk, crawl or stumble 60 to 70 km a day to the finish line of the race
that nearly ended my life last year."
"Our goal is to make defibrillators as common and as readily available
as fire extinguishers," says MIKEY Network chairman and Heathwood Homes
president Hugh Heron. "That someone like Rosbrook — a young, impeccably
fit runner — can suffer such a life-threatening cardiac event is
precisely the reason why. This can happen to anyone, at any time. We're
thrilled that he's here with us to embark on this run, and to help
spread this vital message."
MIKEYs are portable, user-friendly electronic devices that automatically
diagnose potentially life-threatening heart rhythms; if a problem is
detected that may respond positively to an electric shock, a MIKEY
delivers that shock to restore normal heart rhythm. Use of a
defibrillator can increase a cardiac arrest victim's chances of
survival by up to 70 per cent, if administered in the first few
To learn more and to support the "New Life Marathon" contact: https://www.facebook.com/newlifemarathon?ref=stream
ABOUT TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, in business for nearly 30 years, currently operates in the United
States, Canada, Ireland & the UK with over 240 locations and 1,700
moving trucks. In 2005, Heron Capital Corporation, one of the Heron
Group of Companies secured the Canadian Master Franchise rights. The
company has a 96 per cent customer referral rating and 21 Canadian
franchises and is active in the Canadian Association of Movers. They
were recognized by the Canadian Franchise Association as the 2014 Award
of Excellence category Silver winner in the Non-Traditional Franchises
ABOUT HEATHWOOD HOMES
Heathwood Homes—one of the Greater Toronto Area's leading builders of
new home communities—provides its customers with the feeling they're
'Home at Last®,' from the time they drive into their neighbourhood, to the moment they
step through their front door. The company has built its reputation
for quality brick-by-brick over three decades by providing
industry-leading customer service, and enjoying a level of success
derived directly from the skills of its experienced construction
personnel and hands-on management team. Heathwood Homes' passion for
workmanship is reflected in both the design and construction of every
new home that bears its brand. Visit www.heathwood.com.
ABOUT THE MIKEY NETWORK
The Mikey Network, founded in 2003, is a registered Canadian charity
working to create public awareness and provide education about
heart-healthy lifestyles. To date, more than 1,500 MIKEY defibrillators
have been placed across Canada, and 19 lives have now been saved. The
Mikey Network was named for Mike Salem, a valued partner at Heathwood
Homes and The Heron Group who experienced sudden cardiac arrest and
died on a golf course in 2002. Other Mikey Network programs include:
Mikey's Kids - The Mikey At Home Program, The Mikey's Young At Heart
School Defibrillator Program, Mikey On the GO, and Mikey Cops Are Tops.
For more information or to donate, visit www.mikeynetwork.com.
SOURCE: Mikey Network
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