Great News for Chicago's Kids!
We're excited to share that, thanks in large part to outreach from advocates like you, the Chicago Public School Board recently voted to fund two initiatives that will improve health and save lives: physical education and CPR and AED training.
Cody and Jami Fitzpatrick
In 2009, when Cody Fitzpatrick was just 5 years old, he slipped under water and was found at the bottom of the community pool he was visiting with family. As 911 was alerted, an amazing bystander jumped into action. Jennifer Turner-Adams, or “Cody’s Angel” as the Fitzpatrick family refers to her, started performing CPR, and continued for an astonishing 15 minutes before EMS personnel arrived. After this terrifying experience Cody and his mom, Jami, decided they wanted to ensure that as many people as possible had the ability to perform this life saving skill, and they began working with the AHA to help train as many people as possible.
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Kristen Cobb Simpson, Louisiana
On July 19, 2012, my nephew, Burke Cobb, died on the floor of his high school gym at the age of 14. His death was caused by sudden cardiac arrest due to an unknown heart condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy or HCM. Burke was playing a pick-up game of basketball and there were approximately 25 students in the gym with him that day, ranging from grades 9-12. He was running down the court, felt dizzy, collapsed and was immediately unresponsive. Several students ran to his aid, but were unsure what to do for him.
Advocate Highlight- Heidi Stewart
Hi my name is Heidi. I might look like your average college student but what you can’t tell just from looking at me is that I am a survivor.
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When Chloe saved Gracie’s life, it was a busy Sunday in 2013 and no one realized my 8 year old daughter Gracie wasn’t feeling well, mom Emilie tells us.
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Angelina D’Acunto, Student Advocate for CPR
Advocates come to issues from many places with many backgrounds. And, sometimes, they are young advocates. Angelina D’Acunto is just one of those special advocates. Her family was impacted by CPR through an accident with her cousin. Through this experience, the family formed a foundation, the Just Fight Foundation, to work on a variety of issues. One of these is CPR in Schools, which is how they began to work with the American Heart Association.
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Wyoming students perform CPR they learned in school
When Powell High School Students, Aspen Aguirre, 16, and Josie Darrah, 15, landed in the Cayman Islands for their summer vacation, the last thing on their mind was school, or anything that they had learned in school for that matter.
PA Advocates in Action
On October 3 and 4, Pennsylvania advocates and key board members were in Harrisburg for a our first-ever Advocates in Action event. On the first day, the advocates brainstormed recruiting partner organizations, obtaining additional personal stories and recruiting new volunteers to support CPR in Schools and BreatheFree PA. In addition, there was an in-depth spokesperson training where attendees identified and developed answers to questions to help advocates have more of a comfort level when speaking with legislators, other advocates, and the general public.
The last thing I remember of my poetry residency at Colleton County Middle School was getting an elevator key. The next thing was seeing a strange ceiling, which turned out to be in an intensive care unit, over a week later.
Information: The Most Valuable Player
Fall is the perfect time of year to learn more about your elected officials. November 8, election day will help shape the course for our communities, state and nation for the next several years. We encourage everyone to vote.