A young life saved by CPR...


Katarina Weigel is a survivor…She was just 15 when CPR saved her life.  Now she is a college student…and is trying to save other lives.

When you think heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest, I bet you don’t picture a teenager.  But sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anytime.

Katarina was doing jumping jacks at volleyball camp at Yorktown High School.   The next thing she remembers, five people were standing over her, tears rolling down their cheeks.  She later learned why – she went into sudden cardiac arrest.  Katarina’s coaches saved her life by performing CPR, getting the AED and calling 911.   Her coaches are her heroes.

Schools can create more heroes by teaching CPR to ALL students. 

Thanks to CPR, Katarina is a proud graduate of our schools.  And there is one lesson she is trying to pass to others…the gift of CPR.  Katarina’s been advocating for CPR training for students before graduation.  She has shared her story with lawmakers, the press and now the Board of Regents.

For victims of sudden cardiac arrest like Katarina, CPR can double or even triple their chances of survival.  Can you think of a more important life lesson for students?

Preparing our students with this lifesaving skill can and will save lives!  Will you Katarina in calling for ALL New York State students to receive CPR and AED instruction prior to graduation? http://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=35863


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