For Immediate Release
January 06, 2016
Contact: Jackie Calzadilla
Miami Lakes, FL - Over 1,800 people participated in the first ever Breanna Vergara 5K on Sunday, December 13 commemorating the life of Town resident and avid dancer Breanna Vergara, 11, who fell unexpectedly to sudden cardiac arrest last year. The Miami Lakes Town Council and their families participated in the run and presented the Vergara family with a proclamation, proclaiming December 9 as Breanna Vergara Day.
With the proceeds collected from the run, the Breanna Vergara Foundation presented Niklaus Children’s Hospital with a check for $25,000.00. Following Breanna’s death, the children’s hospital continued offering free pediatric EKG screenings which have already helped to identify children at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. The Foundation has donated a total of four automatic external defibrillators (AED) including one that was donated to the Our Lady of the Lakes Church and School at Sunday’s run.
The Foundation has worked tirelessly promoting their mission to promote a healthy, happy, and passionate lifestyle by offering opportunities for children to participate in extracurricular activities while also creating awareness of heart screenings in an effort to identify kids at risk of sudden cardiac arrest. The Foundation has hosted two CPR training sessions for the public and looks to continue making a difference in the community through early detection of children at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.