On Monday, Speedway Children's Charities at Atlanta Motor Speedway, along with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) and AED Brands, donated a life-saving automated external defibrillator (AED) machine to Henry County Middle School in McDonough.

"This is the first step in ensuring that all children in Henry County schools are much safer by having this vital piece of equipment added to the tools available to the staff," said Scott Fillmore, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities. "Along with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the support of partners like AED Brands, we intend to eradicate this problem as quickly as possible."

The school was in dire need after their current AED machine recently stopped operating. The brand-new unit was presented to Henry County Middle School principal Dr. Kimberly Anderson, school nurse Debbie Black and athletic director Troy Baker.

"We are thrilled to have this partnership with Speedway Children's Charities and continue our efforts to improve the lives of children in our community," said Laura Turner, community outreach coordinator at CHOA.

Speedway Children's Charities Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1982, is committed to raising funds for qualified children's charitable organizations. To date, the Atlanta chapter of Speedway Children's Charities has raised over $1 million for local children.

To learn more about Speedway Children's Charities and how to get involved, please visit www.speedwaycharities.org/atlanta or write to scc@atlantamotorspeedway.com.