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Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation

encased emergency defibrillator
Seth Perlman / AP

A non-profit that has provided defibrillators to schools, churches and businesses in McLean County for two decades is shutting down at the end of the year.

Lisa Slater / Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation

The Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation is working with local partners to collect and distribute nonmedical masks to people who need them, especially now that businesses are starting to reopen.

Keita and Kai Bates-Diop leading basketball clinic
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

An NBA basketball player brought his skills back to Bloomington-Normal to help bring more defibrillators to schools.

That device saved his brother's life two years ago.

Kathi Franklin
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The retiring head of the Normal-based Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation says the organization has done a lot to make defibrillators available throughout the community and educate people on how to use them, but she hopes it's only a start.

Jewel Upshaw and Zeke
Jewel Upshaw

Two basketball mothers who endured the shock of their sons collapsing on the court have very different stories to tell.