Thanks to the American Heart Association Capital Region and Albany Medical Center, Niskayuna High School has a set of new “CPR in Schools” kits that 11th and 12th grade students will put to use this beginning this fall. Representatives of the two organizations delivered the kits to the high school on Tuesday, Oct. 16. They were accepted by Principal John Rickert, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Larry Gillooley and health teachers Lonnie Halusic and Ryan O’Connell.
New York Schools are required to provide every graduate with training in Hands-Only CPR. According to the American Heart Association, 395,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest each year and having CPR performed doubles or triples the chances of survival.
The donation is part of the Albany Med and American Heart Association’s “Life is Why” alliance, which, with a focus on research and community education and programs, will help Capital Region residents live healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Pictured above, from left to right: From left to right: Alithea Athans, American Heart Association youth market director; Larry Gillooley, Niskayuna director of health, physical education and athletics; John Rickert, Niskayuna High School principal; Lonnie Halusic, Niskayuna High School health teacher; and Ryan O’Connell, Niskayuna High School health teacher; Jayson White, Albany Medical Center senior communications specialist; Jeanne Walsh, American Heart Association Capital Region executive director; and Kim Sheedy, American Heart Association Capital Region Heart Walk Director.