We did it! After more than 16 years of effort, New York will finally require every student be trained in Hands-Only CPR before graduation!
Thanks to all of you - our You're the Cure advocates - New York is the 26th state to make this training a requirement for our students. As a result, our nation's high schools will now be training more than half of our country's graduates every year! More than 1.5 million kids will soon know what to do if someone's heart stops beating and they need CPR.
High schools all across the state have already received this memo from the NY State Education Department. However, feel free to share it with your local high school. Schools are expected to begin training students this year, and we can use your help to make sure every high school is prepared to comply with the law!
This policy would not have been achieved without the tremendous support of so many advocates and partners with the American Heart Association. This campaign was a long-time coming, and we were thrilled to help celebrate its conclusion with so many core friends! If you ever need to be in the trenches with a team, this group of advocates - many of whom lost children to cardiac arrest or were rescued when someone knew CPR - set the bar very high! We are forever grateful for every effort, every story told, every tear shed, in support of this campaign. Knowing that this law will save lives was motivation unto itself. But your energy and determination, furthering the legacy of your loved ones, inspired us all to keep going no matter how many times we were told no. Thanks to you, thanks to the evolution of the science behind CPR, and thanks to many NY lawmakers along the way - CPR in Schools is now the law of the land in New York!
If you weren't able to join us in Albany on the day of the Board of Regents vote - take a look at the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.988016404555143.1073742020.129820983708027&type=3