Archive - Nov 2013 - Campaign Article

Archive - Nov 2013 - Campaign Article

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

Athletic Trainer Saves High School Student

LAS VEGAS, NV--A Liberty High School student and his family have a lot to be thankful this Thanksgiving, after his life was saved by a trainer and critical piece of equipment.

Athletic trainer Scott Tschan used an AED, which stands for Automated External Defibrillator, to revive the teen wrestler after he collapsed in the school's gym.

Tschan said, "I was just hoping that it was going to work. The kid had a heart condition, that no matter how many times I would have pressed on his chest, no matter how many compressions, it wouldn't have worked. He needed the electrical impulse of the AED."

Tschan is trained to use an AED, but it was the first time he had to use one.

Every high school has two AEDs, required by state law.

Since 2004, they have been used to save nearly half a dozen lives.

PA Senate Passes Dinniman's AEDs in Schools Bill

WEST CHESTER, PA--The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved Aidan’s Law, the bill introduced by state Sen. Andy Dinniman to help ensure all Pennsylvania schools have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) on hand in case of sudden cardiac arrest.

The legislation–named in memory of Aidan Silva, the seven-year-old Brandywine Wallace Elementary School student who died on September 4, 2010, from unexplained sudden cardiac arrest–now goes to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for consideration.

Dinniman credited the parents of the late Aidan Silva, Christy Marshall Silva and Steve Silva of East Brandywine, for Wednesday’s key vote.

AEDs on the Sidelines

BALTIMORE, MD--Water? Check. Playbook? Check. AED? Check.

When Baltimore area middle school coaches take their teams to a sporting event, they are increasingly adding some new equipment to the list of necessary supplies: automated external defibrillators.

November 20th

Schools With AED on Campus May Save Lives

Emergency defibrillator programs at schools linked to better cardiac arrest survival rates

Sudden heart failure is the most common cause of death among young athletes during exercise. There's something schools can do that may reduce these cases.

When a person is having sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), an automated external defibrillator (AED) can be used to bring back a regular heart rhythm.

November 18th

Heart of the Matter: Keeping High School Athletes Healthy

Marcus Warren walked off the court and toward his seat on the bench. He plopped down and slouched onto a teammate. The frantic yells by his Camden High coach that came next overpowered the cheers, the squeaking shoes and the sound of a basketball bouncing that had been filling the gym.

When a trainer tried to get Marcus to sit up, his body slumped forward, and he collapsed onto to the court.

Marcus’ heart had stopped four days before Christmas in 2002. He was dead at 16 years old.

He was a seemingly healthy high school basketball player, until he wasn’t.

Marcus’ unknown congenital heart condition could have caused sudden cardiac arrest at any moment, and it just happened to be on the basketball court. His heart abnormality was recognized for the first time in his autopsy.

November 17th

Bill Would Require CPR Training for High School Students in Texas

NEW YORK--Assemblyman Luis Sepúlveda, D–Bronx, has introduced a bill that, if passed, could make the difference between life and death.

According to the American Heart Association, only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation from bystanders, although immediate, effective CPR can double or triple a victim's chance of survival.

The bill (A.8232) would require all high school seniors to take part in CPR training, which will be provided within the school's health education curriculum and increase the number of people capable of providing effective CPR.

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