April 19th marks 180 days since the CPR in Schools law went to the state Department of Education from Governor Andrew Cuomo. The New York State Ed must make a recommendation to the Board of Regents to include Hands-Only CPR instruction in the curriculum by the April 19th deadline.
|Kevin Foord's life was saved by his daughter's CPR|
Kevin Foord of Suffern knows the importance of time – when he suffered sudden cardiac arrest in 2002, it was his daughter’s immediate action that saved his life. She started CPR on her father – because of that, he was able to walk her down the aisle.
Foord is one of many American Heart Association volunteers reaching out directly to Acting Commissioner of the state Department of Education Elizabeth Berlin, and to the Board of Regents to tell them that we need all high school students to learn Hands-Only CPR.
“I wouldn’t be here today if my daughter hadn’t learned CPR as a teenager. I wouldn’t have even been able to walk her down the aisle. We have been advocating for CPR in Schools for years,” Foord said, “We are closer than ever, and I urge everyone to contact Acting Commissioner Berlin and Chancellor of the Board of Regents Merryl Tisch to tell them how important it is that all high school students learn Hands-Only CPR.”
|Kevin Foord lobbied for CPR in Schools in Albany|
“CPR is easy to teach and easy to learn. That’s why so many other states require students to learn this lifesaving skill. It takes just one class period. Surely, New York can do the same,” said Bob Elling, chair of the American Heart Association’s New York State Advocacy Committee. “Sadly, about 9 out of 10 victims of sudden cardiac arrest die. We can change this grim statistic by teaching Hands-Only CPR to students. The cost is negligible, since a YouTube video gives an overview, and a few manikins let students practice the skill.”
New York would be the 22nd state to include the Hands-Only CPR training to the curriculum. To learn more about CPR in Schools, visit www.becprsmart.org.