For many small schools like Upper Dauphin, purchasing a piece of equipment that starts at $1,000 can be very difficult. However, when you realize the power of this small AED (Automated External Defibrillator), it certainly changes the value of the $1,000 price tag.
Kritin Lyons, a CPRS Athletic Trainer contracted at Upper Dauphin Area Schools, saw a need for an AED and advocated for her student athletes. She started the process to receive an AED from the Peyton Walker Foundation. Here is what Kristin shared about the donation: "During one of our CPRS Physical Therapy Athletic Training monthly meetings we were asked if we had a need for an AED. This got me thinking; I only have one portable AED, which works out fine during the fall and winter because all of our sports are on campus during those seasons. However, in the spring, UDA's baseball team is off campus while softball and track are on campus. This makes it hard for 1 AED to do its job, let alone the fact that I would have to drive the AED to a location 5 minutes away in the event of sudden cardiac arrest, which are minutes that could be utilized saving a life. I believe it will impact both Upper Dauphin Area School District and the Community greatly because the AED will be available not only during our team practices and games, but throughout the spring and summer months as well as for various community leagues. This donation gives me peace of mind knowing that as a CPRS Athletic Trainer, my athletes and their fans will have the best chance of survival in the event of a sudden cardiac emergency."
Jeff Shields, Director of Athletic Training Services at CPRS also commented by saying, "We are extremely proud to employ staff like Kristin who are engaged in our communities and provides care with integrity and teamwork with our CPRS professionals."
Julie Walker, founder of the Peyton Walker Foundation, presented Kristin with the AED on Monday Night at CPRS Physical Therapy in Dillsburg. CPRS hosted more than 50 area Athletic Trainers for a Continuing Education Event. This was a great way to kick off National Athletic Training Month, which is celebrated in March. This year's theme is Compassionate Care for All, and that is exactly what Kristin, with the help with the Peyton Walker Foundation, did for the Upper Dauphin student athletes and community.
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