We were thrilled to launch the NYC Beating Hearts Initiative spearheaded by Councilman Steven Matteo. On Monday, February 29, 2016 at Susan Wagner HS we presented 12 AED's with Council Members Steven Matteo, Joe Borelli and Debbie Rose and training 50 people in CPR. We travelled weekly for the next few months to donate and train organizations in all 5 Boroughs. What a great way to end Heart Health Month! By that June, we taught 780 students and donated 189 AEDs. In 2017, we kept up the pace, teaching 797 students and donating 188 AEDs. Further, we assisted Borough President James Oddo on "The Heart Project."
So far this year, we have taught over 60 classes, 800 new students, and donated over 200 AEDs. We will be finishing up our rounds for 2018 within the month. In addition, we can proudly say that one of our defibrillators donated through this initiative successfully saved someone in Corona, Queens! Though we never wish for anyone to have to use an AED, we are glad knowing that it is there whenever needed.
We we are very excited to announce that we will be continuing to work with the NYC Council Offices for a renewed Beating Hearts Initiative for the 2019 fiscal year.