Annual golf tournament raises thousands to help save metro lives

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The third annual Tim Henning Memorial Golf Tournament was held Friday -- raising money to place automated external defibrillators -- or AEDs -- around the metro.

Henning started the tournament after she lost her husband to a heart attack, and there wasn't an AED available.

Despite the soggy conditions, more than 150 golfers hit the links to show their support for the Henning Family Foundation.

"We`ve been very blessed with overwhelming support," said Denise Henning.

Jeff and Renee Weyer came to the golf tournament to support the foundation as its cause directly impacted them.

"I walked into the E.R. and they rushed me off to the room and said, 'your husband had a massive heart attack and we`ll need bypasses and surgery as soon as possible,'" said  Renee Weyer, whose husband Jeff collapsed while umpiring a baseball game a little more than a month ago.

Those trying to help Jeff could not find the AEDs at the baseball field, luckily Henning happened to be there with her AED.

"I was just blown away," said Renee, "I just couldn`t believe it, it was very emotional, the ambulance driver came in and she was talking with me and she just said, you know, without that AED and without Denise, he would not be here."

Henning was all too familiar with this situation. Her husband, Tim, had a heart attack at their son's baseball game in 2012, but there was no AED around. After that, Henning made it her mission to change the outcome, and she did for the Weyers.

"I`m just so happy that the outcome for them was a good one, that was our goal, to prevent tragedy like that from happening to another family, and so if we saved one life we`ve met our goal, and we`ll save more, I`m confident of it," Henning says.

"We have everything to thank her for," said Renee, "because without that, he wouldn`t be here."

Henning says they'll continue to hold a golf tournament every year to raise money to place more AEDs and for their upkeep.

So far the foundation has placed 100 AEDs in the community. It costs $250 a year to monitor and maintain the AEDs, and they have an eight year life. The tournament raised almost $125,000.