Bert and Derek know from experience how important it is to train high schoolers in CPR before they graduate: Derek Raschke was in a store in Newburyport picking out his tux for the prom when a fellow shopper, Bert Carey, suffered sudden cardiac death. Having just completed a CPR course required by Newburyport High School, Derek immediately began performing CPR on Bert and literally brought him back to life. Bert knows he would not be alive today if Derek hadn’t learned CPR in school.
It happens every day. In fact nearly 383,000 people experience it outside of a hospital every year, and only 11% survive. It is cardiac arrest, and it is deadly. But there’s hope. CPR can double – even triple – the survival rate when given right away. So when more people on the streets know CPR, the better the chances of survival for victims of cardiac arrest. You can help increase the survival rate by signing this petition to urge state legislators to support CPR training in high schools.
Teaching students CPR could save thousands of lives by filling our community with lifesavers — those who are trained to give sudden cardiac arrest victims the immediate help they need to survive until EMTs arrive. In less than the time it takes to watch a 30 minute TV sitcom, today’s students will become tomorrow’s lifesavers — something we can all benefit from.
High school is full of life lessons. It should also include lifesaving lessons. It’s time for students to learn CPR before they graduate — a change that would put thousands of qualified lifesavers on our streets. You can help train a generation of lifesavers by signing this petition to urge Massachusetts legislators to support CPR training in high schools.But don’t stop here! Make sure your friends and families can help save lives through CPR training too by sharing this petition with them on Facebook.
American Heart Association started this petition with a single signature, and now has 2,178 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.