Throughout the year, our blog will feature AHA volunteer stories of survival and hope. We know there are thousands of stories like these - thats why we want to say “Thanks” to all of you for giving your time and sharing your lives with us. You can’t spell CURE without U! Thank you for all you do to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. YOU’RE THE CURE!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Parrot Head CPR Training

As some of you know, we have run into a specific roadblock in our work to get CPR training to all high school students in MN. That roadblock is that too many people think that CPR training is difficult and takes up to 8 weeks to complete anything significant. We of course know that with CPR Anytime people can receive quality CPR training in as little as 25 minutes!!

So, we have planned a massive public CPR training event at the State Capitol for the beginning of next session. We’re going to invite legislators, staff and the public and show everyone just how easy, fast as potentially lifesaving CPR training can be! To do this we needed to buy a whole bunch of CPR Anytime Kits in order to do the training for free. Enter our State Advocacy Committee Chair and Survivor Advocate Mark Olson! He belongs to the MN chapter of Parrotheads (Jimmy Buffet Fans) called St. Minnesomeplace - and they have a charity fundraiser every year. This year they are raising money to buy CPR Anytime Kits for our training!! We went to their fundraiser on March 26th to provide some free CPR training to their members to say thank you for supporting our work. We were very fortunate to be able to rely on our partners Gene Johnson and Ray Eiler from the MN Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivors Network, who not only provided the training, but set up appointments to provide CPR trainings at some of the worksites of the attendees.

Thank you St. Minnesomeplace! Thank you Mark Olson! Thank You MN SCA Survivors Network!

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