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Drive One For CPR

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ASHLAND, Ore. – Performing CPR can mean the difference between life and death for someone going into cardiac arrest. That’s why a group of local nurses, firefighters and other health care professionals are getting together to teach the community CPR.

Sarah Carlyle is a registered nurse at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. Sarah Carlyle works with the heart everyday. In the hospital, she has the tools to save lives.

“With the team, I can do anything, with the supplies, with the hospital we can do anything,” Carlyle said. “We can save lives and when you don’t have any of that back-up it definitely makes it scarier.”

Sarah didn’t have that back-up in may when her friend collapsed at church.

“I turned around, and right behind me she was slumped over, just completely unconscious and having a cardiac arrest, after talking to me going up the steps,” said Carlyle.

Sarah performed CPR on her friend. It’s something as a nurse she knew would make a life-saving difference. The Southern Oregon CPR Initiative wants to make sure members of the community can also jump in to save a life and they say it all starts with 7th graders. As part of the initiative, local health care providers use these kits to teach 7th graders what to do in a worst case scenario those kids then get homework to teach 5 more people.

The Drive One For Your Community Event is happening tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Butler Ford in Ashland. For every test drive, $20 will go to the Southern Oregon C-P-R Initiative. The goal is to have 300 test drives to raise at least $6,000.

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  1. Joel Nickerson says:

    Thank you for taking the time to cover this event. The Southern Oregon CPR Intiative has worked so hard to maximize the earning potential for this event. You taking time to raise awareness about their mission and fund raiser is the Crowning Jewell on these hard working volunteers efforts.

    Joel Nickerson
    Sales Manager
    Butler Ford

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