Kiwanis seek help to purchase LifeVac devices

Since 2015 over 5,000 people per year have choked to death in the United States.  Choking is a leading cause of death in children and in those over 65 years of age. A majority of these deaths are caused by food.

The Kiwanis of Riverview would like to prevent any of those statistics from coming from our city and our schools.

There is a device available to help prevent these choking incidents from ending in tragedy. This device is called LifeVac. 

The LifeVac device is a non-powered, non-invasive, single-use only airway clearance device developed for resuscitating a victim with an airway obstruction when current choking protocols have been followed without success. 

LifeVac has a one-way valve that does not allow any air to enter a choking victim on the downward motion.  Although the device is single-use, if it is used to save a life, it is replaced free of charge.

There are a few different LifeVac kits available for use. The Kiwanis of Riverview have decided to provide the EMS Kit version to the City of Riverview for each of its two ambulances and three of its police patrol cars.  

Along with these two kits they’d like to provide the five schools making up the Riverview Community School District with the LifeVac School Kit.

The cost of these kits will run about $1,500.

The Covid-19 Pandemic has severely impacted the Kiwanis’s ability to raise money.

Normally the club would have had its annual Spaghetti Dinner at the end of April to pay for something like this.  

Without that fundraiser they have committed $500 towards the purchase of these life-saving kits. This is where they are asking for your help.

The Kiwanis are seeking donations to purchase seven LifeVac kits at a cost $1,500.  If you would like to help finance this purchase please send your check to:

Kiwanis of Riverview

LifeVac Fundraiser

P.O. Box 2057

Riverview, Mi. 48193

Any amount is truly appreciated, but for all those who donate $100 or more by July 15, 2021 will have their name put into a drawing for a two-hour tour of the Detroit River on a 70 foot yacht for two people later this summer.  

For more information please email Mayor Andrew Swift at