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AED Fundraiser In Memory Of Cory Wilson

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A Savannah family is using their grief over the way they lost their son to try to keep others from dealing with that same pain.

It's been more than six months since Cory Wilson collapsed in a class at Georgia Southern University without access to a machine that his parents say might have saved his life. He died of cardiac arrhythmia.

Cory's parents, Lisa and Kenny, and his sister Morgan want to see more automated external defibrillators, known as AED's around this area. The machine delivers an electrical shock to help the heart get back in rhythm.

"It just kills me that if there had been one available near Cory's classroom when he collapsed that he could have been here today," said Kenny Wilson.

Instead the family has their memories to rely on about their loving, athletic, full of life 21-year-old.

"He was absolutely everything that we could have ever wished for or wanted in a son," said Lisa Wilson.

Lisa Wilson, Cory's mom and a school nurse in Savannah, said an AED can increase the potential for survival by about 70 percent.

"Sadly Cory's life has ended and the only thing we can do now is try and make a difference for others by saying all you have to do is pick up that machine and open it. It will talk you through every single step and it could have possibly saved his life," said Lisa Wilson.

The machine will not deliver a shock unless someone needs it.

"It is so important that these AED's go in and people know how to use them because our goal is to avoid this kind of tragedy for any other family," said Lisa Wilson.

An AED now hangs outside the room where Cory collapsed at GSU.

"I assumed my son who was at a world class university would have access to everything he needed at any time and I assumed incorrectly, don't assume get involved," said Lisa Wilson.

In honor of Cory's memory, the Wilson family along with friends is hosting a memorial baseball tournament. It will be August 2 and August 3 at Scott Stell Community Park in Chatham County. All of the money raised will go to purchasing AED machines for the county's athletic fields. An AED machine costs $1,600-to-$2,200.

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