After Damar Hamlin Injury, Swampscott 6th Grader Raises Money For AEDs

Cash Christison and his mother, Brendyl. Photo: Brooke McCarthy/WBZ NewsRadio

SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Like much of America, 12-year-old Cash Christison of Swampscott was pulling for Damar Hamlin after his cardiac arrest on Monday Night Football earlier this month. Now, he's doing something to help make sure similar incidents are avoided at the youth sports level.

"I was pretty scared for him. It seemed like it was going to be a bad accident," Cash said.

The boy and his mother Brendyl are raising money for Automatic External Defibrillators for traveling youth teams. The machines can mean the difference between life and death in a cardiac arrest event.

Cash plays basketball, flag football, and soccer himself. His mother said a lot of his travel teams aren't associated with a town or school, so they don't have their own defibrillators

To remedy that, Cash and his mother have started a GoFundMe to buy the teams AEDs. The machines are expensive, about $1,300 each, but Cash and Brendyl have set a fundraising goal of $10,000.

The mother-son duo also want to provide first aid certification to league directors and team managers, an essential combination that saved Damar Hamlin's life.

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