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The American Heart Association is creating a generation of lifesavers by making sure students learn CPR before they graduate. This essential life skill will benefit countless families by increasing the number of Arizonans with CPR proficiency. 

Rafael Rendon of Ajo, AZ is alive today because of CPR:

The day I went in to sudden cardiac arrest, I didn’t look good and I felt very tired. I knew that I had football practice that evening so I just continued with school and went to practice. The coaches had us run laps around the field because one of the players threw trash on the ground. After the first lap I started to feel really bad and slowed down. Then I collapsed. Two weeks later, I woke up after surgery. All I know about what happened is what my parents, friends and relatives told me.

When Rafael fell on the field, a volunteer paramedic on the sidelines rushed over and immediately began hard, fast chest compressions. Rafael’s heartbeat came back and he was flown to a Phoenix hospital where he received treatment for a congenital heart defect that had not been detected before. 

Many people like Rafael are alive today because individuals trained in CPR – including youth and adults who received that training in school – stepped in and gave CPR until EMTs arrived. Tell your lawmakers we need to create a generation in which every teammate, friend, brother, sister, son, daughter, and complete stranger is trained in CPR and is prepared to save lives.

Letter to
Chairman, Arizona House of Representatives Education Committee Rep. Doris Goodale
Vice-Chairman, Arizona House of Representatives Education Committee Rep. Doug Coleman
Vice-Chairman, Arizona House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee Rep. Paul Boyer
and 5 others
Chairman, Arizona Senate Education Committee Sen. Kimberly Yee
Vice-Chairman, Arizona Senate Education Committee Sen. Chester Crandell
Vice-Chairman, Arizona Senate Public Safety and Human Services Committee Sen. Kelli Ward
Chairman, Arizona House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee Rep. Heather Carter
Chairman, Arizona Senate Public Safety and Human Services Committee Sen. Nancy Barto
The American Heart Association is creating a generation of lifesavers by making sure students learn CPR before they graduate. This essential life skill will benefit countless families by increasing the number of Arizonans with CPR proficiency.

When our fellow Arizonan, Rafael Rendon, collapsed on the football field at Ajo High School and did not get up, a volunteer paramedic on the sidelines rushed over and immediately began hard, fast chest compressions. Rafael’s heartbeat came back and he was flown to a Phoenix hospital where he received treatment for a congenital heart defect that had not been detected before. Today he is alive and still playing football.

Many people like Rafael are alive today because individuals trained in CPR - including youth and adults who received that training in school - stepped in and gave CPR until EMTs arrived. Given right away, CPR doubles or triples survival rates. We need to create a generation in which every teammate, friend, brother, sister, son, daughter, and complete stranger is trained in CPR and is prepared to save lives.

Please support legislation in 2013 to train students in CPR.