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Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) is a not-for-profit program of Herma Heart Center at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. The mission of the program is to serve children and adolescents through education and deployment of life-saving programs that help prevent sudden cardiac arrest.
Project ADAM began in 1999 after a series of sudden deaths among high school athletes in southeastern Wisconsin. Many of these deaths appear due to ventricular fibrillation. After Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, Wis., high school student, collapsed and died while playing basketball, Adam's parents - Patty Lemel and Joe Lemel - along with David Ellis, a childhood friend of Adam's, collaborated with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin to create this program in Adam's memory.