Houston, TX (PRWEB) May 23, 2010
Courtney’s Crusade and Galveston, Texas, residents have one thing in common they want to prevent from happening again in the future. The pain and suffering of losing a loved one suddenly and unexpectedly.
At the age of 24 Courtney VanCronkhite suffered sudden cardiac arrest on August 9, 1999, and although EMS paramedics arrived quickly she had been without a heartbeat for nearly eight minutes. Through defibrillation, the paramedics were able to restore her heartbeat, but Courtney later died on August 10, 1999.
Hurricane Ike was the third costliest hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States. On Sept. 13, 2008 Hurricane Ike hit Galveston, Texas with Category 5 storm surges resulting in the deaths of 112 people in the United States.
In May 2010 Courtney’s Crusade and Galveston Independent School District are partnering together to help save a life of someone who unexpectedly and suddenly suffers a sudden cardiac arrest. The Courtney’s Crusade Foundation is donating Life-Saving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to Galveston Independent School District.
Some of the Life-Saving AEDs donated by Courtney’s Crusade will replace the defibrillators in the Galveston schools that were water damaged as a result of Hurricane Ike.
Kindel VanCronkhite- twin sister of Courtney stated “Our goal at Courtney's Crusade has been to raise awareness in the community on the best ways to combat sudden cardiac death. Research shows that the key to survival in many cases is early defibrillation through the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Sadly, there are still many schools and public places that do not have access to this life saving device.”
Gia Robinson Lead School Nurse with Galveston ISD said “The defibrillators donated by Courtney’s Crusade will allow our teachers and staff to respond faster to a life-threaten emergency during a cardiac arrest by having more AEDs strategically placed in our schools”.
About AED Today: Each year Sudden Cardiac Arrest claims the lives of over 250,000 people in the United States. To reduce the number of Sudden Cardiac Deaths in America AED Today is partnering with schools, businesses, churches and non-profit organizations on the placement of Life-Saving Automated External Defibrillators with CPR and AED training by the American Heart Association and American Red Cross. For more information on AED defibrillator programs please call: (888) 865-0333 or visit us at http://www.aedtoday.com.
Charlene Bernal, Director of Public Relations
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