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Mother and Son Advocacy Team

by John B. on Monday, November 4, 2013

Tyler Christensen is a budding advocate and son to Karen Christensen, a survivor and You're the Cure advocate. Tyler has made inroads with his Wilton State Representative and is using that relationship to help the American Heart Association with its CPR in Schools efforts.

Tyler and State Representative Gail Lavielle, an influential member of the General Assembly's Education Committee,  first met when Tyler was an active member in the town's Boy Scout troop. By coincidence, they bumped into one another again over the summer at Tyler's summer job. He didn’t let this opportunity pass without saying hello and mentioning his interest in politics.

He leveraged this chance encounter by penning a letter to Representative Lavielle. He expressed his concerns that CPR is not taught in high school and explained the importance of teaching the life giving skill to Connecticut’s teens before graduating, creating a generation of lifesavers.  

Tyler is just one of many Connecticut high school students who are reaching out to their elected officials asking them to support the American Heart Association’s effort to add CPR training and AED awareness to the required Health & Safety Education Curriculum that all high school students must take before graduating.

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