About Project ADAM

Project ADAM (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) began in 1999 after the death of Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, WI, high school student who collapsed and died while playing basketball.  Adam suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, in which ventricular fibrillation occurred, a condition in which the ventricles cannot pump blood into the body. An automated external defibrillator, or AED, could have saved his life.

Adam’s parents, Patty Lemel-Clanton and Joe Lemel, along with a childhood friend of Adam’s, collaborated with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to create this national program in Adam’s memory. The mission is to save lives by empowering schools and communities to be prepared for a sudden cardiac arrest.

Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute has partnered with Project ADAM as the Greater Cincinnati affiliate.  We are working with schools in our primary care area so they can achieve a fully functioning school-based CPR-AED program, with the goal to be designated as a “Heart Safe School” by Project ADAM.