Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

Archive - 2013 - Campaign Article

December 24th

Quick Action By Students Saves School Santa

OSAKIS, MN--Thanks to the quick response of several high school students, a man from central Minnesota received one of the best Christmas gifts anyone could ask for.

“That’s the most precious thing of all — the gift of life,” said Dan Wessel of Osakis.

At the request of his wife, a teacher at Osakis High School, Wessel dressed up as Santa and visited the school district’s youngest children one morning last week.

Before leaving school grounds, Wessel popped his head into his wife’s classroom and “did his ho-ho-ho,” Kirsten Wessel said.

Moments later, students spotted Santa collapse in the hallway. He had gone into cardiac arrest.

KARE 11 says one student ran to the get the school nurse while another student called 911. A third student retrieved the school’s AED, or automated external defibrillators, a device that can send a shock to the heart to restore normal rhythm.

December 19th

Teamwork Saves Boy's Basketball Coach In Point Beach, NJ

MIDDLETOWN, NJ--It’s unclear how many of them even wanted to be there for the professional development day, as the physical education staffs from the town’s two high schools gathered on Oct. 14 across from Middletown High School North for a United States Tennis Association workshop on the courts at Tindall Park.

Let alone that it would end up being their finest hour.

And because it was, Nick Catania, who works a Middletown High School South, will be on the bench tonight when his top-ranked Point Pleasant Beach boys basketball team, the reigning NJSIAA Group I champs, open their season against Keansburg.

“That’s the hardest thing. How can you thank somebody for saving your life?” the 35-year-old Catania wondered aloud. “I’ve got two young kids, and I’m going to get a chance to see them grow up now.”

December 16th

Schools Join War on Cardiac Arrest

ATLANTA, GA--This past August, while in class at Roswell High School, 17-year-old Andrew Hawks suddenly felt his heart rate go up.

December 11th

California School District Puts AEDs on High School Campuses

BAKERSFIELD, CA--A year after a 15-year-old Centennial High School sophomore's heart stopped at school, the Kern High School District Tuesday began putting automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on all 18 of its high school campuses.

As the first of them was placed inside a white, wall-mounted box in the Centennial High School gymnasium where Caleb Hannink collapsed in November 2012, Corinne Ruiz sniffed and dabbed her eyes.

December 8th

Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation Unite with NJ Legislators to Safeguard Students from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

TENAFLY, NJ-- Lisa Yue, founding executive director of the Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF), joined Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ6) and Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan today at a press conference at South Plainfield Middle School, N.J. to call attention to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in the young and the legislation needed to keep students safe in school.

In 2010, two Middlesex County students, Kittim Sherrod and Brandon James, both collapsed during school athletic activities. Each had an undiagnosed heart disease – cardiomyopathy – that caused their death. Cardiomyopathy, a disease in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally enlarged, thickened or stiffened, is a leading cause of SCA in children and young adults.

December 4th

Teachers Save Co-Worker with CPR and Defibrillation

REDMOND, WA--54-year-old male teacher survived a sudden cardiac arrest this morning, thanks to the efforts of co-workers at The Overlake School in Redmond. The man was teaching his music class at about 9:30 a.m. when he suddenly collapsed and became unconscious.

"He survived because of the quick actions of staff at the school," reads a City of Redmond Fire Department press release.

When teachers in adjoining classrooms responded to calls for help, they knew what to do as one of the teachers is the instructor for CPR and automatic external defibrillation (AED) courses at the school.

November 26th

Notre Dame East Stroudsburg Remembers Two of Its Own

Sean Cunningham and Greg Moyer never shared a classroom at Notre Dame.

Both young men died tragically — Moyer in 2000 at age 15, and Cunningham this summer at age 24.

But their parents say that the two former students shared something unique — the values they learned as students at Notre Dame.

"Sean and Greg shared those qualities that Notre Dame seeks to instill in all its students," Greg's father, John Moyer said. "Strong character, empathy, morals and the fact that nothing good comes without lots of hard work."

The young men were remembered Wednesday at a memorial service. The Moyer family donated Greg's No. 23 basketball jersey to the school. They also donated a defibrillator from the Greg Moyer Defibrillator Fund in Cunningham's memory.

Cunningham's father, Steve, called the Moyers "true heroes" and thanked them for honoring his son's memory.

November 25th

Northport Family Raises Focus on AEDs

Karen and John Acompora pulled up to an Amityville elementary school they had never visited, to meet a girl they did not know.

A few weeks earlier, 12-year-old Kiavelyn Altagracia, a seventh-grader at Edmund W. Miles Middle School in Amityville, collapsed on the sideline during her soccer practice. She was unconscious and barely had a pulse, said her coach, Isha Hamilton, who started CPR.

Within minutes, Hamilton used an automated external defibrillator, more commonly known as an AED. The machine the size of a laptop computer told her to keep doing chest compressions and rescue breathing.

"She took a deep gasp, and I felt a very faint pulse," Hamilton said. Kiavelyn slowly regained consciousness.

The AED was on the field because of the Acomporas of Northport, whose son Louis died on March 25, 2000, after a ball hit him in the chest during his first high school lacrosse game. There was no AED on hand.

November 24th

New Jersey Bill to Protect Student Athletes from Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Clears Assembly Panel

PARAMUS, NJ--Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Mila M. Jasey and Marlene Caride to help prevent sudden cardiac arrest among student athletes by educating students, parents and coaches about the warning signs and mandating the removal of student athletes who exhibit such symptoms during a sporting activity was approved Monday by an Assembly panel.

“While sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone who is idle, the risk is much greater in competitive athletes,” said Eustace (D-Bergen). “It is vital that student athletes and the adults charged with their care are informed so that they can recognize the problem signs before they become fatal.”

November 21st

Families Grateful for At-Work Access to Youth Cardiac, Concussion Screenings

Centegra Health System Offers Youth Screening for Sage Products families

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