Together with The Mikey Network,
we’re saving lives!

The Mikey Network was named for Mike Salem – a partner in Heathwood Homes and Herity Development Group. In the summer of 2002, Mike was on a golf course in the beautiful Muskokas. He hit his first shot, drove up to his second and then his heart skipped a beat. Miles away from help, Mike passed away doing what he loved best, playing golf.

Mike was known for his compassion and consideration for his family, friends and colleagues, so we felt that helping others in his memory would be a fitting tribute. In 2003, The Mikey Network was established by Heathwood and Herity in memory of our dear friend and partner. No one knows whether a defibrillator could have helped to save Mike’s life, but in his name, we work to create public awareness and provide education about heart healthy lifestyles and we place MIKEY’s in as many public places as possible, so that other cardiac arrest victims may have a second chance. With the help of dedicated volunteers and community partners, the Network has grown beyond our wildest hopes.

Through The Mikey Network, the beat goes on.

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It takes a community to help a seriously ill child

If your child is diagnosed with a serious heart problem, you and your family will live in continual fear, knowing their heart can skip a beat at any moment. As a result, your son or daughter may have to stay close to home and/or a hospital.

The Mikey’s Kids program provides families with portable MIKEYs so these children can lead more normal lives. They will be able to go on to vacation, go to the cottage and enjoy day trips together as a family, when it may not have otherwise been safe to do so before. The peace of mind these MIKEYs provide is priceless; knowing that should the child’s heart skip a beat, life-saving help is close at hand.

Requests for MIKEYs come from the staff at various organizations including international children’s hospitals. Through these placements, Mikey’s Kids from Toronto to Haiti are smiling again!