Mel and Deo Fisher's grandson, Michael Christopher Abt Jr., without any warning, died of a sudden cardiac arrest on March 10, 2006. He was a perfectly healthy, happy, active, and fit young man. The day he died, he was on the PE field at his school and just collapsed on the field.

It is for this reason, that My husband Michael Sr. and I have started a foundation in the name of our son, the "Michael Abt Jr. Have a Heart Foundation" to provide AED’s (Automatic Emergency Defibulators) to public schools nationwide. It is our belief this simple machine may have been able to save Michael's life. The funds from this foundation will provide AED’s first to schools which do not already have them as well as secondary units to schools with large campuses. These devices weigh less than six pounds and cost approximately $1500.00 each.

Just as important as the presence of the AED is the importance of educating the staff of the schools how to maintain and use them. The funds raised for this foundation will also provide advanced education for school health aides (who are grossly underpaid) and training for all school staff in the use of these life saving machines. It is said they are so simple to use that a 10 year old could learn how to operate one in less than 10 minutes. The key to successful use of an AED is a Plan of action.

If you wish to donate to this foundation, an account has been set up with Indian River National Bank in Sebastian, Florida. Checks should be made out to "The Michael Abt Jr., Have a Heart Foundation" and can be mailed directly to the bank or to:

6780 – 85th Street
Vero Beach, Florida 32967

Or call: 772-473-6093

If you are unable to donate to this foundation, we understand completely however, whether you decide to donate to this foundation or not, WE URGE any of you who volunteer, visit, teach, administrate, or have children , grandchildren, etc. who attend public schools to get involved in your community to ensure that these devices are available at your schools, the staff is trained in their use, AED’s are maintained in an easily accessible area well known to all possible operators and the batteries are checked on a weekly basis, and most importantly, that a “Plan of Action” is in place.

We hope no one on earth EVER has to experience this tragic heartbreak again. The next life saved, could be someone you love.

For more links on how to get involved visit


Taffi and Michael Abt and Family

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