National Walking Day 2012 (April 4) was a rewarding and life-changing day for Wade Markel, the American Heart Association's Senior Division Director in Lancaster, PA.
As Wade was enjoying his 5:30 a.m. workout at the gym, he heard commotion and noise coming from the cardio area.
Wade rushed over to find that a woman had collapsed while walking on the treadmill. Instinct and adrenaline immediately kicked in and Wade took action, performing Hands-Only CPR. He knew exactly what to do because he had learned CPR four months earlier during a regional AHA team meeting.
Wade continued CPR for about 10 minutes while the gym staff called 9-1-1. Paramedics arrived and rushed the woman to the hospital, where a blockage was discovered and needed a stent to open the blocked artery.
Wade learned firsthand that procedure as simple as Hands-Only CPR can make a lifesaving impact. As a result of Wade's heroic actions, a 38-year-old mother of two will live to celebrate another Mother's Day with her family.