When Derek, a high school senior, learned CPR at school, he didn’t think he’d have a chance to use it so soon, and he certainly didn’t think he’d get that chance while shopping for his prom tux. But shortly after he was trained in CPR, as one of his graduation requirements, he used it to save Bert Carey’s life.
Jeffrey Hall was at home when he heard his mother scream. She had found his younger brother, Skylar, drowning in the family pool, and now Skylar wasn’t breathing. Jeffrey was able to save his brother’s life by immediately performing CPR, just as he had learned in school – also as a part of his graduation requirement.
Two years ago, Emily Adamczak collapse at soccer practice and went into sudden cardiac arrest. It was five minutes before Emily received CPR. Her mother, Annette, wonders if her life could have been saved, had CPR been administered earlier. Since then, she has been working tirelessly to train people in CPR.
Now, Annette has focused her efforts on CPR in Schools, the American Heart Association’s campaign to train the next generation of lifesavers by making CPR a graduation requirement for high school seniors.
We’re working to make sure our youth are CPR Smart. Will you join us? Learn more from those whose lives have been impacted by CPR, sign the pledge and then share your CPR story too! Together, we can add thousands of lifesavers to our communities by making CPR a graduation requirement for high school seniors.