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For instance, Nelsi, a pseudonym, who lives in one of our residences, has congenital heart disease and congestive heart failure. She has a pace maker, Raynaud's Disease, pulmonary hypertension, asthma and carries around an oxygen tank so she can breathe. Nelsi is just one of the many individuals we serve who live with a heart condition, heart ailment, or chronic heart disease.
This year, according to HeartFoundation.org, 920,000+ Americans will have a heart attack; 250,000 will die because they didn't receive swift attention. One-half of the victims are 65 years or older.
These statistics suggest that someone under our care will experience a heart attack. While all AABR staff is trained in CPR, this lifesaving skill only buys time. Every minute a heart stops beating, survival drops by about 10%. Using a defibrillator within 3 minutes increases a person's chance of living by 70%.
We, at AABR, like to be prepared, and we need to secure defibrillators for each of our 26 residences and Day Habilitation programs. Defibrillators cost about $1,000 or more each. Our goal is to secure funding in order to provide that extra layer of protection for some of our more vulnerable individuals. But we need your help to achieve that goal.
Please help us to become one of the first agencies in the New York State to have defibrillators in all of our homes and programs. The people we serve deserve every chance we can give them and we can do it with your help.