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  • Blog Post: 2 Days Left and So Much to Do!

    With only two days left before the legislators break for the summer we need a last push to get some critical legislations to help our kids passed. The House still needs to take action on legislation that would require all coaches to know CPR, restricting the sale and use of E-Cigarettes, and requiring...
  • Blog Post: Will Governor Cuomo sign the CPR bill???

    Have you asked Governor Cuomo to sign the CPR in Schools bill? We've made it easy...just click below and a letter is drafted and ready to send! http://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=35278
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year, New York City!

    Say what?? That's right...it's the new fiscal year for the American Heart Association. While much of our focus remained on the state-level opportunities, we have a lot to celebrate here in New York City! Let's take a look back as we prepare to move forward: CPR in Schools legislation:...
  • Blog Post: JoAnne & David Babbitt-Chatham, NJ

    JoAnne and David Babbitt founded the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation in 2007 in memory of their son John who died of sudden cardiac arrest in 2006 while playing basketball. He was 16. Since its inception, the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation has donated numerous Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)...
  • Blog Post: New Jersey Legislature Passes CPR in Schools Bill

    On June 23, 2014, the NJ General Assembly voted on A2072, a bill requiring public high schools to teach CPR with a hands-on training component as part of the health curriculum. The bill passed 77-0! Later that afternoon, the Senate took a vote on the same legislation. They also passed the bill with an...
  • Blog Post: Maine is one big small town....

    Scott Nevers is an amazing guy. In the past year, he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, was laid off and started a new business venture. He also started volunteering countless hours for the American Heart Association. CPR, AEDs and a little luck saved his life and he is bound to make the best of it. I...
  • Blog Post: Scott Nevers, Maine

    It was the hottest day of the summer—July 27, 2013. Scott had just finished up a few days of golf at Sugarloaf and was playing in a double-header softball game in Saco. Scott looped a single. The next batter hit the ball hard and Scott headed for home. After scoring, he said he did not feel well...
  • Blog Post: End of Session Wrap-up

    The NYS Session has wrapped up and we're happy to report substantial progress in many areas. Here's a quick recap. CPR in Schools bill passes both houses: Thanks to the help of our dedicated advocates and the bill sponsors, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and Senator Mark Grisanti, we took a...
  • Blog Post: Just a click away...

    The CPR in Schools bill has passed the Senate! It has passed numerous committees in the Assembly! Next up: a full vote by the Assembly . We're almost there...just click below to send a message to your Assembly Member and key leaders. A simple click, that's all it takes! Send a message...you can...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Policy Gains Momentum in New York City!

    Resolution 193 was introduced in City Council just a few weeks ago and if passed would require the NYC Department of Education to consider implementing the CPR in Schools training curriculum in all New York City high schools. CPR & AED Awareness Week provided multiple opportunities for city advocates...
  • Blog Post: Katarina Weigel Keeps the Beat...

    Katarina Weigel is sophomore-nursing student at Pace University. She’s also a sudden cardiac arrest survivor and alive thanks to CPR. "I don’t look like the face of sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, any time. The faces of sudden cardiac arrest will...
  • Blog Post: CPR Rally Shakes Things Up in Albany

    On Tuesday, June 3, people from across the state traveled to Albany for our first ever CPR Rally! Approximately 100 American Heart Association volunteers performed CPR with some lawmakers as we called on the state Legislature to pass the CPR in Schools bill. The CPR Rally included survivors of sudden...
  • Blog Post: Boston Teacher is Saved by Heroes in her School!

    When Joan Eacmen, a teacher at Roxbury’s O’Bryant School of Math & Science, collapsed in front of her classroom in March from cardiac arrest, students and staff took action. Their quick thinking and combined efforts to call for help, administer CPR and use the school’s AED are what...
  • Blog Post: Heart Walk Success!

    Southern Maine Heart Walk Success! The You’re the Cure table at the Southern Maine Heart Walk was the busiest I have ever seen. Even the wind could not deter us. By the way, bananas make great paperweights. Amazing YTC volunteers, Demetra and Richard, collected almost 100 postcards to send...
  • Blog Post: A Major Milestone for CPR in Schools

    As of the end of May, 16 states have passed policies requiring CPR training for all students prior to graduation from high school. And even more exciting, this means 1 million students will graduate annually as trained lifesavers for their communities! However, New Hampshire is not one of those states...
  • Blog Post: Life-Saving Legislation Advancing in NJ Assembly!

    For months, You're the Cure advocates from throughout New Jersey have been contacting their elected officials to voice their support for providing high school students with hands-on CPR training as part of the health curriculum. Our efforts are starting to pay off! On May 15, the Assembly Education...
  • Blog Post: Bobby McKeeby, New Jersey

    Bobby McKeeby was at home in Newton, NJ last summer when a frantic woman appeared at his door. Her husband had lost consciousness in the passenger seat while she was driving. He was not breathing and needed help. After calling 911, Bobby went with the woman to her husband. Bobby had no medical training...
  • Blog Post: 1 Million New Lifesavers Will be in Our Communities Every Year, But Why Not in Massachusetts?

    More than one million high school students a year will be trained in CPR because of state laws requiring the lifesaving skill as a graduation requirement and work done by the American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools efforts. As a result of 16 states, Oklahoma being the latest addition, across...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Lobby Day a Great Success!

    Rhode Island advocates rocked the State House on May 7 th during our annual Lobby Day! The focus of the day was our CPR in Schools Funding campaign. The American Heart Association is asking the General Assembly to include funding in the FY 2015 budget to purchase new CPR manikins for all high schools...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Advocate Testifies on Funding for CPR in Schools

    Rhode Island advocate and Board member John Potvin, EMT-C, recently testified before the House Finance Committee in support of House Bill 7414, by Representative Eileen Naughton, which would appropriate $75,000 to the Department of Health in FY 2015 to purchase new cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR...
  • Blog Post: Annette Adamczak: She Helps Students Keep the Beat

    The entire student body at Clarence High School, nearly 1600 students, are on their way to becoming lifesavers. Thanks to the efforts of Annette Adamczak and a team of supporters that donated their time, students at Clarence High School in western New York were recently trained in CPR using the American...
  • Blog Post: Important Update: CPR in NYS Schools Bill

    Recently, the NYS Assembly brought forth a new proposal for the CPR in Schools legislation. The new bill states that the Commissioner of the State Education Department would need to make recommendations to the Board of Regents regarding the adoption of CPR & AED instruction as part of the curriculum...
  • Blog Post: Spring Heart Walkers Advocate for Heart Health Policies

    This is always my favorite time of the year! The snow and cold is (mostly) melted away and behind us. The birds are singing in the morning as I wake up. The tender buds of Spring foliage are beginning to pop open. And the New England landscape is inviting us to engage in outdoor activities. Plus it means...
  • Blog Post: Garden State Students Advocate for CPR

    Advocates in New Jersey are still hard at work advocating for CPR training in the Garden State's high schools. Recently, several high school students joined representatives from the American Heart Association and the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation for a meeting with Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan...
  • Blog Post: Why Everyone Should Know CPR!

    I know most of you have a very keen awareness about the need for CPR training - why else would you be reading the American Heart Association's You're the Cure blog? I recently had an experience that really crystallized how important it is that we're all educated in this lifesaving skill....