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St. Mary's Foundation donates devices to area Little Leagues

Apr. 11, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation is donating automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to 14 little leagues in West Virginia.

The donations come through a grant from Fifth Third Bank.

The AEDs will be donated to the Hurricane Little League and West Virginia District 1 Little League, which consists of the 13 leagues in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mason counties.

"We are extremely thankful for St. Mary's and Fifth Third Bank," Greg Adkins, district administrator, West Virginia District 1, said in a release. "This donation enables us to be a leader in the area when it comes to the safety of our players, volunteers and fans. It is such a wonderful gift."

According to the American Red Cross, improved training and access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives each year.

AED training for the little leagues will be provided by St. Mary's, in conjunction with Phillips, the maker of the devices.