On Valentine’s Day, meet a special 9-year-old who’s working to save hearts

Tom Gisewhite of First National Bank watches as Lucas Vetter demonstrates the LUCAS device. The bank donated $1,000 toward the purchase of another LUCAS device.
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A tour of the Howell Area Fire Department provided Lucas Vetter, 9, with the all inspiration he needed to help save lives.

While on that tour, Lucas learned about a hands-free CPR device named LUCAS, a mechanical chest compression device used instead of manual CPR during longer attempts at resuscitation. Though it covers 150 square miles with four stations, the Howell Fire Department has just one LUCAS.

Lucas aims to change all that.

The 9-year-old Rose Township boy came up with a plan and got to work. He convinced Stryker Medical, the company that manufactures LUCAS, to loan him a demo to take with him as he raised money to purchase additional devices for the Howell fire department to use.

You can meet Lucas and learn about LUCAS at a very special Valentine’s Day Lunch and Learn program at the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce.

The luncheon runs 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Building, 123 E. Washington St. in downtown Howell, just east of the Howell Post Office. Cost is $20, which includes lunch.

If you’d like to make a reservation, click here.

Lucas has been busy spreading the word. He’s been on radio station WHMI. He’s also been at the Howell and Fowlerville Rotary clubs.

So far, Lucas has raised $5,000 toward the purchase of a LUCAS device, which costs $16,000. He’s started a GoFundMe page to raise the remaining $11,000, and so far he’s raised $200 of that. If you’d like to donate, you can do so through his GoFundMe page by clicking here.

 

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