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Learn how to save a life during CPR Day Miami

8/28/2014, 9 a.m.
CPR is a simple lifesaving skill that just hasn’t caught on like it should. With 70 percent of Americans lacking ...
Five-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz was saved by his aunt, who knew CPR, when he stopped breathing. They were in a traffic jam on the Dolphin Expressway. Sebastian was treated at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

CPR is a simple lifesaving skill that just hasn’t caught on like it should. With 70 percent of Americans lacking the knowledge to perform CPR, Jackson Health System, the University of Miami, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, in collaboration with the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, will host CPR Day Miami. It is a free, countywide training event for participants age 11 and older, on Saturday, September 6. Available at seven locations, the training sessions are offered multiple times between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at each location – and it takes just 90 minutes.

The official opening ceremony for CPR Day Miami takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. at UM’s BankUnited Center Fieldhouse, with Carlos Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System, UM President Donna E. Shalala, and Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, in attendance. Online registration, which is preferred, will be available until noon on Friday, September 5 at www.CPRDayMiami.org. Walk-ins will also be welcomed on a standby basis, all day at all sites.

The importance of knowing how to perform CPR made international headlines this past February when then 5-month-old Sebastian de la Cruz stopped breathing in the backseat of his aunt’s car. His aunt, Pamela Rauseo, performed lifesaving CPR on Sebastian on the side of a busy Miami expressway, as a Miami Herald photographer captured dramatic images of the harrowing ordeal.

Sebastian was rushed to Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, and today is healthy, happy, and getting ready to celebrate his first birthday in September.

The sponsoring organizations and their affiliates, which also include local fire and labor unions, have joined forces to bring this lifesaving skill to thousands of families on “CPR Day Miami” at the following locations, simultaneously throughout Miami-Dade County:

University of Miami

Fieldhouse at

BankUnited Center

1245 Dauer Drive

Coral Gables, 33146

John A. Ferguson Senior High School

15900 S.W. 56th Street

Miami, 33185

Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School

1410 N.E. 215th Street

Miami, 33179

Greater Miami & The Keys Chapter of the

American Red Cross

335 S.W. 27th Avenue

Miami, 33135

Coral Reef Senior High School

10101 S.W. 152nd Street

Miami, 33157

Booker T. Washington Senior High School

1200 N.W. Sixth Avenue, Miami, 33136

Hialeah Gardens

Senior High School

11700 Hialeah Gardens Blvd. Hialeah Gardens, 33018

Register now at www.CPRDayMiami.org and learn how you can make a difference in someone’s life.