Nonprofit to equip Gring's Mill, other Berks parks with AEDs

11th annual Run4Sam set for August 19

SPRING TWP., Pa. - A life-saving device will soon be closer at hand for anyone experiencing a heart-related emergency in one of three Berks County's parks.

The Run4Sam Race, run each year at Gring's Mill in Spring Township, will donate three fixed AED units to the Berks County park system. They will be installed at Gring's Mill, the Berks County Heritage Center in Bern Township, and at the Bingaman Nature Center at Antietam Lake Park in Lower Alsace Township.

County park rangers are already equipped with several portable AED units, but two of them have become obsolete, so Run4Sam will also replace those.

Run4Sam was created in memory of Sam Reed, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 2007 while he was a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh.

The 11th annual 4-mile/10K run in his honor will be held at Gring's Mill on Sunday, August 19. It will be followed by a kid's fun run that will start after the race/walk.

Proceeds from Run4Sam support the Samuel Brooklyn Reed Memorial Scholarship, which is managed by the Berks County Community Foundation. More than $20,000 has already been awarded to local students.

The nonprofit also gives back to the community each year by donating to local charities instead of offering participating medals and trophies.

Each year since its inception in 2008, Run4Sam has also supported Gring's Mill and the county's park system with various donations, including $10,000 to construct a pavilion.

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