About Project ADAM

Project ADAM® (Automated Defibrillators in Adam's Memory) is a national, non-profit organization committed to saving lives through advocacy, education, preparedness and collaboration to prevent sudden cardiac death. Focused prevention training and education ensures schools and communities are not only equipped, but also trained in prevention of sudden cardiac death.

Project ADAM began in 1999 after a series of sudden deaths among high school athletes in Wisconsin and Georgia. Many of these deaths appeared to be due to ventricular fibrillation – heart arrest caused by abnormal, sustained electrical stimulation of the heart muscle. Project ADAM began after Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, WI, high school student, collapsed and died while playing basketball. Adam’s parents, Patty Lemel-Clanton and Joe Lemel, collaborated with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the Herma Heart Center to create this program in Adam’s memory.

Learn how Project ADAM is part of pediatric hospitals across the nation by visiting the Project ADAM national website

“Adam's death, as well as the others who have died similarly, symbolizes the undeniable fact that without the proper chain of survival in place, children are denied the best chance of survival. By spreading our message my hope is that the stories you will read are not from a parent who has lost a child, but rather those of survivors and their families, and that no parent will again stand witness to the death of their child without knowing they had the best chance of survival.”

-Joe Lemel, Adam's father

Our Team

Amber Jones, MSN, RN, NE-BC
CVICU Nursing Director | Arkansas Children's
Project ADAM Program Coordinator




Brian Eble, MD
Cardiology | Arkansas Children's
Project ADAM Medical Director