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Our Ongoing Commitment to Heart Health

As most of you already know, heart health is near and dear to us at Breckenridge Grand Vacations. It’s one of the ways we honor the legacy of our partner and brother, the late Rob Millisor, who left us way too soon because of an undiagnosed heart problem. That tragic moment eventually gave rise to BGV Gives, our company’s philanthropic branch, and the annual Rob Millisor (RAM) Heart Health Walk that takes place each June at Carter Park here in town.

Through this event, we have raised more than $530,000, 100 percent of which has gone to heart health programs in our community. These include free heart health screenings at the hospital, educational events, and grants given to the High Altitude Research Center (HARC). HARC studies the health effects of living at this altitude.

So, you may be wondering what this has to do with your ownership. Well…

Several months ago, we were inspired by the Town of Breckenridge to take a leadership role in a collaborative community effort to increase the number of publicly accessible automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) around Breckenridge and Summit County. The first step in this process is to update the Summit County EMS registry of AEDs. We have learned that all of the devices we have may not be on it. Along with other groups, we will identify the locations of all AEDs in the community and ensure the registry is up to date.

Once the AED identifications are complete, the Summit County GIS (geographic information systems) will map their locations. From this map, we’ll be able to see where the gaps are and work together with other groups to provide grant money (from our Heart Health Fund) to purchase more AEDs. What’s really cool about this is that once the AED map is done, the 911 dispatchers will be able to tell any caller where the closest device is located, and this of course, can be truly life-saving to someone having a heart attack.

After an article about the AED program appeared in our local newspaper, a CBS news reporter stopped by to interview Mike (Dudick) about it. You can watch the clip here.

We are really proud to be a part of this initiative. It will create a safer place for you and your family in your vacation hometown. All of our resorts have AEDs in the appropriate places on property. While we certainly hope you never need one, we believe you will find comfort in knowing that more AEDs will be available if you or a loved one ever does.

So, cheers to your health! And as always, we hope to see you soon again in Breckenridge.

Mike and Mike

1 reply
  1. Jan Fourman says:

    I’m a teacher, and of course work with many kids. Over the 20 years , you can add the totals and figure I’ve seen thousands.
    My second cousin was in 5th grade when she needed an AED! She was playing sports at school and never knew she had a heart issue. She survived due to training that the teachers had at her school. Her mom, my 1st cousin has set up a program for more AEDs in their school district.

    Goes to show that heart problems can affect youth and older.

    Thanks for your support in Breckenridge!


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