Let us tell you about our teammate Peter. Peter is the kind of guy who does more than just show up - he rises up to every occasion. Yes, he shows up ready to play (soccer and volleyball, he can spike as well as he shoots!), he shows up to cheer on Atlanta United (he's a dedicated founding member), he shows up with a well-timed sassy joke, and he even shows up with tools when your car breaks down. Peter goes above and beyond and is always there when you need him.
On April 10th Peter suffered a cardiac arrest while playing in a soccer match in Piedmont Park. Due to the quick action of some of his teammates and the staff of both the Atlanta Sports and Social Club and Piedmont Park, Peter was able to receive the emergency care he needed while we waited for the paramedics. Doctors told us that the access to an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), which Piedmont Park provided, was key to his survival. Peter was taken from the field to the excellent doctors at Piedmont Hospital who stabilized him. Over the next few days he underwent procedures to place stents in a couple arteries and is back to his normal sassy self.
Our soccer team has a motto that we wear proudly on our jerseys: "Y'all Means All." Everyone is welcome to play and we support each other through thick and thin. As a midfielder on our soccer team, we joke that Peter runs so hard and so fast that he has trouble stopping. This medical incident may have momentarily slowed Peter down, but we know nothing can stop his zest for life! Peter always gives 110% - on the soccer field, at work as a freelance production technician (currently contracting at Turner), and as a fiercely loyal friend. He's the kind of guy who always has your back, and now it's time for us to have his.
Peter will have a large medical bill as a result of his procedures, and his teammates want to support him the best we can! We also want to turn this frightening situation into a learning moment. The first and foremost use of the funds we raise will be to support Peter's medical bills during his hospitalization. Any money we raise beyond Peter's needs will be donated to an organization to place AEDs in more locations around Atlanta to ensure that other people can get the life-saving immediate care they need that Peter was fortunate enough to have from Piedmont Park and his teammates. If no such organization exists, we will donate the money to a charity oriented on cardiac treatment and care (such as the American Heart Association). David D'Onofrio will withdraw and distribute the funds, on behalf of Hotlanta Soccer, to Peter and our selected charity.
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