On June 11th, Governor Mary Fallin held a ceremonial bill signing of House Bill 1378 by Representative Emily Virgin and Senator John Sparks. Ceremonial bill signings serve as an opportunity to culminate the successes of a multi-year advocacy campaign.
A driving factor throughout this campaign was survivor stories. AHA volunteer Amy Steelman shared her story early on at an interim study of how learning CPR as a high school student saved her daughter Hannah’s life when Hannah drowned at a family barbeque. In addition, Founders of the Chase Morris Foundation, Michael Morris and Kristi Brooks, attended the ceremony.
Chase Morris lost his life due to an undetected heart defect. His father Michael started the Chase Morris Foundation to provide scholarships promote awareness and early detection of heart defects among young students and athletes. The Chase Morris Foundation was a great partner throughout the legislative campaign by engaging in various grassroots advocacy tactics such as writing letters of support and promoting You’re the Cure calls to action.
After the ceremonial signing, Representative Emily Virgin and Senator John Sparks were presented with Heart of Honor awards for their support of the American Heart Association and recognized all of the staff and volunteers for their involvement in the campaign.
Attendees of the CPR in School bill signing included grassroots volunteers, Mrs. Oklahoma International, Citizen CPR, Oklahoma Chapter of the American College of Physicians, Oklahoma City Sweethearts, Oklahoma City Circle of Red, and AHA staff from the Oklahoma City and Tulsa offices.