Down­ing­town stu­dents learn hands-only CPR

Ai­dan’s Heart Foun­da­tion trained Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Cen­ter stu­dents

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Gin­ger Rae Dun­bar gdun­bar@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @GingerDun­bar on Twit­ter

Ai­dan’s Heart Foun­da­tion trained Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Cen­ter stu­dents how to per­form CPR.

More than 1,000 Down­ing­town stu­dents learned how to per­form hands-only CPR.

Ai­dan’s Heart Foun­da­tion trained more than 1,000 Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Cen­ter stu­dents on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day about how to per­form hands-only CPR and how to use an Au­to­matic Ex­ter­nal De­fib­ril­la­tor (AED).

Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Cen­ter Prin­ci­pal Thomas Mul­vey praised Ai­dan’s Heart Foun­da­tion and its rep­re­sen­ta­tives for their ef­forts to teach the stu­dents the life­sav­ing train­ing. In the school’s third year, this pro­gram has been of­fered yearly, col­lec­tively train­ing more than 3,000 sixth-grade stu­dents. The foun­da­tion is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion with a vi­sion to make Ch­ester County a “heart safe place.”

Ai­dan’s Heart Foun­da­tion was es­tab­lished in Novem­ber 2013 in honor of Ai­dan Silva, who died un­ex­pect­edly at 7 from sud­den car­diac ar­rest in Septem­ber 2010. Ai­dan was the old­est son of Steve and Christy Silva, of Down­ing­town. Ai­dan would have grad­u­ated from the sixth grade cen­ter last year with the class of 2016.

Christy Silva, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Ai­dan’s Heart Foun­da­tion, talked with the Marsh Creek stu­dents prior to them learn­ing CPR. They heard Ai­dan’s story, and learned how sud­den car­diac ar­rest can hap­pen to young peo­ple. They also learned the warn­ing signs of car­diac ar­rest.

Silva thanked the med­i­cal vol­un­teers, many from Ch­ester County Hospi­tal, for as­sist­ing with the train­ing. Ad­di­tion­ally, the stu­dents learned from Down­ing­town Mid­dle School stu­dents who are “Heart He­roes” and have ob­tained CPR cer­ti­fi­ca­tion through the foun­da­tion to train their peers.

“This year, we are thrilled to wel­come 35 sev­enth and eighth graders who have taken the Amer­i­can Red Cross course, earned their cer­ti­fi­ca­tions, and are here with us to­day and to­mor­row to help their younger peers learn how to save a life,” Ai­dan’s Heart Foun­da­tion Face­book page stated on Tues­day. “These stu­dents are true he­roes. We are grate­ful to them for their hard work and vol­un­teerism.”

Silva ad­di­tion­ally thanked Down­ing­town Mid­dle School phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and health teacher Greta Neff for co­or­di­nat­ing with the foun­da­tion and the stu­dents to work to­gether. Both schools are in the Down­ing­town Area School Dis­trict.

“It takes an army of vol­un­teers, and a gen­er­ous PE/ health fac­ulty team, to make our CPR and AED train­ings a huge suc­cess,” Ai­dan’s Heart Foun­da­tion Face­book states.

Su­san Pizzi co­or­di­nated an adult CPR class for par­ents, along with as­sis­tance from Ch­ester County Hospi­tal and Min­quas Am­bu­lance of the Down­ing­town Fire Depart­ment.

Ai­dan’s Heart Foun­da­tion hosts free kids heart screen­ings. It has placed more than 30 AEDs, mainly in Ch­ester County youth ath­letic leagues, parks and schools. Its

ma­jor fundraiser is the 5K for Ai­dan J. Run/Walk for Heart-Safe Com­mu­ni­ties.

Ai­dan’s Law was passed in April 2014. It es­tab­lishes a data­base as part of each school’s an­nual re­port to the state Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion to iden­tify how many AEDs they have, where they are lo­cated, and the age of each AED, ac­cord­ing to www.aidan­s­heart.org.

AI­DAN’S HEART FOUN­DA­TION FACE­BOOK

Ai­dan’s Heart Foun­da­tion trained more than 1,000 Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Cen­ter stu­dents how to per­form hands-only CPR. The pro­gram has been of­fered for the three years that the school has been opened.

AI­DAN’S HEART FOUN­DA­TION FACE­BOOK

Ai­dan’s Heart Foun­da­tion trained more than 1,000 Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Cen­ter stu­dents how to per­form hands-only CPR. Many of the med­i­cal vol­un­teers are from Ch­ester County Hospi­tal. This year Down­ing­town Mid­dle School stu­dents, who earned their CPR cer­ti­fi­ca­tions through the foun­da­tion, helped train the sixth-grade stu­dents. The pro­gram has been of­fered for the three years that the school has been opened.

AI­DAN’S HEART FOUN­DA­TION FACE­BOOK

Ai­dan’s Heart Foun­da­tion trained more than 1,000 Marsh Creek Sixth Grade Cen­ter stu­dents how to per­form hands-only CPR and how to use an AED. This year Down­ing­town Mid­dle School stu­dents, who earned their CPR cer­ti­fi­ca­tions through the foun­da­tion, helped train the sixth-grade stu­dents. The pro­gram has been of­fered for the three years that the school has been opened.

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