Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Act Now!!

Last night a high school student and basketball player at Little Rock's Parkview High School fell to the floor unconscious. School personnel quickly worked to revive the young man who did not have a pulse. The young man is alive today because of the efforts of courageous bystanders and the use of a Defibrillator (AED).

Unfortunate incidents like these are why it is so important to fight for AED and CPR training in all schools. Luckily a tragedy was avoided, but it wasn't always like this at Parkview High. Three years ago another student was not so fortunate.

In January of 2007 Antony Hobbs, III suffered a heart attack at the same high school, in the same gym and died. During the 2009 Session a law was passed that requires AED placement and CPR training on every public school campus in Arkansas. The law was proudly named the Antony Hobbs, III Act to honor Antony.

However because of budget constraints some schools still do not have an AED on campus. Help us fight for AED and CPR training by telling your lawmakers to make funding a priority.

Click here to take action now! Thanks to everyone who emailed their legislators yesterday on this very issue.

A special thanks to the Hobbs family who fought for AEDs in schools over the past 3 years so other parents wouldn't have to suffer the loss of one of their children.

P.S. Be sure to check our blog for more updates on this and other stories.