How did WNBA All-Star Tina Charles saved a man’s life from 2,000 miles away?
New Liberty all-star Tina Charles has made it her life work to equip life-saving automated external defibrillators (AED’s) in various facilities around the world. Since founding Hopey’s Heart Foundation in 2013, Charles has placed over 300 AEDs in schools, recreation centers, workplaces and other facilities.
Until this July, Charles, whose Liberty are headed to the WNBA playoffs, had never been made aware of one of her donated devices saving someone’s life. However, two months ago, Hopey’s Heart received a letter from the Manchaca, Texas-based Marbridge Foundation, advising Charles and her mother, Angella Murry, that Dan Carlson had suffered a heart attack and was saved with the iad of an AED that Charles’ foundation donated.
Mr. Carlson is the head of landscaping at Marbridge, a 200-acre residential complex for adults with learning disabilities.
The device was used to help save his life, and Friday, as a surprise to Charles, she met Carlson and his wife at the Liberty’s practice facility just outside New York City.
“I was overwhelmed with emotion,” Charles told USA TODAY Sports over the weekend. “All the glory belongs to God. I’m just a servant out here able to do his work, and that’s what Hopey’s Heart is about – serving others. I don’t take any credit.”