Volunteer Spotlight: Cameron Donovan

Written by: Barrett Snyder
May 26, 2022
Cameron Donovan, volunteer for Aidan's Heart Foundation

This kind, humble and considerate young woman is related to Christy Silva, Aidan’s Mother and Board President. Due to her close relationship with Christy, Cameron had spent much of her younger years playing with Aidan and creating memories that she still reflects on even today.

Originally from Garnet Valley (PA), Cameron is currently a junior at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia (PA) studying biology. As was Aidan, Cameron is a huge Philadelphia sports fan who enjoys snowboarding, running, and spending time with her family outside of her academic studies.

Cameron’s commitment to Aidan’s Heart Foundation and their mission has never wavered, and last year she earned her first aid, CPR and AED certifications through the American Red Cross Foundation. The extent to which CPR and AED, when conducted properly, can save a person’s life cannot be overstated. If both techniques are performed within the first several minutes of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), the victim’s chances of surviving nearly triple! Understanding the lifesaving opportunities these methods offer convinced Cameron that spreading awareness about CPR and AED was of vital importance to all, young and old.

Cameron doesn’t just simply ‘talk the talk,’ she ‘walks the walk,’ by continuing to refine her skills, staying up to date on her certifications, and is currently in the process of forming a club at Saint Joseph's University to raise awareness among students and professors of SCA and its devastating implications.

She firmly believes that everyone needs to consider partaking in CPR and AED training. She admits that performing CPR and employing an AED device can be scary at first, but with continuing practice from a young age, one will grow their confidence, minimize any doubts, and gradually begin mastering these life savings skills. As more and more children and adults participate in the certification process, the chance of survival among SCA victims increases dramatically, which in Cameron’s words is “an amazing thought!”

This St. Joseph's junior is currently uncertain to what lies ahead after receiving her degree. However, she is intent on working in the field of science, with her greatest interests leaning towards animals, forensics, and health. Although born and reared outside of the Philadelphia area, Cameron is hoping to attend graduate school down South where she will be in close proximity to her loving family.

Regardless of where Cameron’s journey leads her, she will remain connected to Aiden’s Heart Foundation, fervently committed to sharing the importance of CPR and AED while leading by example.

Make sure to look for CAMERON DONOVAN on June 2nd at the Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Center where she will be fully involved with the communication aspect of the event. While you will not find her on the mats teaching CPR and AED, you will find her with a camera in hand snapping photographs, recording video, and interviewing fellow attendees.

Please stop by to say hello and introduce yourself while thanking Cameron for her relentless contributions to the event and Aidan’s Heart Foundation.

Written by Barrett Snyder
Barrett Snyder holds a Master of Science (MS) in Sports Management, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). In his free time, he enjoys freelance writing, exploring the principles of kinesiology, reading about political theory, and mentoring those within his academic programs.