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Massachusetts: Help Train a New Generation of Lifesavers Today

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.

Letter to
Massachusetts State House
Massachusetts State Senate
The American Heart Association is creating a generation of lifesavers by making sure students learn CPR before they graduate. Nearly 383,000 people have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and only 11% survive, most likely because they don’t receive timely CPR. Given right away, CPR doubles or triples survival rates. Teaching students CPR could save thousands of lives by filling our community with lifesavers – those trained to give sudden cardiac arrest victims the immediate help they need to survive until EMTs arrive.

Sudden cardiac arrest can happen any place, at any time. If you suffer sudden cardiac arrest, your best chance at survival is receiving bystander CPR until EMTs arrive. But most do not. That’s a reality that has to change, starting today. Teaching students CPR before they graduate would put thousands of qualified lifesavers on our streets every year.

In less than the time it takes to watch a 30 minute TV sitcom, we can give students the skills they need to help save someone’s life with CPR. With a short time investment, today’s students will become tomorrow’s lifesavers. Everyone benefits from having more lifesavers in our community.

Many people 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. We need to create a generation in which every brother, sister, son, daughter, friend, and complete stranger is trained in CPR and is prepared to save lives.