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Share Your Story: Dale Wakasugi

by Anne S. on Monday, December 9, 2013

Dale Wakasugi Woodbury, MN

I am alive today because Lindsay, a high school student, had recently completed CPR and AED training.  I collapsed refereeing a local high school basketball game in 2007 and Lindsay ran out of the crowded stands and started CPR and used the AED while others called 911.  My story could have ended tragically if this courageous high schooler  didn’t have CPR and AED training. 
 
I am a two-time sudden cardiac arrest survivor.  I was saved by the use of an AED and again 3 years later by my ICD, both advanced technology that without, I would not otherwise be here today.  My father passed away in 1980 at age 53, the exact age I am now.  He suffered cardiac arrest and did not have access to a portable defibrillator.  As a former pharmaceutical/biotechnology employee, I understand and appreciate the value of advanced technology from research and development and the role it plays in today's world of cardiology. Please continue supporting research in the area of heart attack, stroke and heart disease.  It is critically important to those who may benefit down the road and increase survival in this #1 killer.

I am here today living as a husband, father, brother, friend and advocate because I was fortunate enough to survive sudden cardiac arrest.

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