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The CPR Birthday Party

by Joshua B. on Thursday, November 7, 2013

Guest Blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Government Relations Director, Arizona

Winston Churchill said “We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give.”  We are lucky in Arizona to have wonderful volunteers for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association that give enormous amounts of time and dedication to our mission.  One such volunteer is Jane Powers.  On August 12, 2012, she collapsed while at work from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.  She was revived 5 times via bystander CPR.  As a result of her experience, she has decided to give back to the community each year for her birthday.  Jane hosted a CPR training instead of a traditional birthday party to celebrate her life because without the quick action of someone around her who knew how to do CPR, she would no longer have any birthdays to celebrate.  This year, the Greater Phoenix Division of the AHA/ASA partnered with Jane to help her give back to the community.  The CPR Birthday Party was held at the Halle Heart Children’s Museum in Tempe, Arizona.  Guests had the opportunity to be trained on Hands-Only CPR and were able to explore the museum.  What a wonderful way to give back to the community, and we are proud to partner with Jane to spread the word about the importance of learning CPR.  Thank you Jane for everything that you do!

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