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Citizen CPR Foundation Announces This Year’s 40 Under 40 Class

November 24, 2021

The Citizen CPR Foundation’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2021 has been announced ahead of the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit, to be held Dec. 7-10 in San Diego.

This year’s selection for the 2021 class required 40 Under 40 Leadership Committee members to rank nominees from highly qualified candidates from around the world. The nominees represented a wide range of services and skills aimed at improving outcomes from sudden cardiac arrest, including educators, researchers, clinicians, survivors, family support members and first responders.

“The Citizen CPR Foundation launched the 40 Under 40 initiative in 2018 as a way to recognize and support the talented individuals who are leading the future of sudden cardiac arrest awareness and outcomes,” said Stu Berger, Citizen CPR Foundation President. “This year, we received more nominations than ever, a testament to the inspiring work that’s being done in communities around the world.”

The Class of 2021 is invited to participate in virtual events prior to Summit 2021 and are celebrated at the conference. The Class of 2021 includes: Eddy Afram, Salvatore Aiello, Eric Anderson, Susan Burnett, Koralia Burz, Katie Charbonneau, Matt Cox, Matthew Crow, Naima Dellwar, Kenny Dobbs, John Erbayri, Kristin Flanary, Bella Flores, Nancy Glober, Alexander Gordon, Robert Griffin III, Michael Herbert, Thomas Jenkins, Kaitlyn Gilk, Richard Grant, Aaron Johnson, Bethany and Hannah Keime, Kacey Kronenfeld, Melissa Lederer, Brian Leonard, Emily Lewis, Michael Mancera, Shobi Mathew, Jillian Moore, Daniel Moran, Ryan Morgan, Nichole Pereira, Kim Rafalowitz, Antonio Renta, Tommaso Scquizzato, Felipe Teran, Jadelyn Villegas, Mary “Molly” Wagner, Jasmine Wylile and Brianna Wolfe.

The Citizen CPR Foundation’s 40 Under 40 recognition program engages, strengthens and celebrates the future of sudden cardiac arrest training, response and survival by recognizing 40 outstanding individuals who are under 40 years of age. In order to be considered as a 40 Under 40 honoree, individuals must have made a meaningful contribution to SCA outcomes in a personal or professional setting, including: saving an individual’s life; training, preparedness and implementation in a community, group or business setting; raising awareness on a local, regional or national scale; unique progress, contributions or finding in cardiac arrest science, practice and/or research; and product innovations, inventions or enhancements.

About the Citizen CPR Foundation

Founded in 1987, the mission of the Citizen CPR Foundation is to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest by stimulating effective community, professional and citizen action. The non-profit foundation is supported by donations, including the generous funding of the Citizen CPR Foundation’s Partner Council, each member of which helps to advance the foundation’s life-saving mission through strategic collaborations, initiatives and outreach. The Partner Council includes AED Superstore, the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, Brayden by Innosonian Inc., Defibtech, Laerdal Medical, MD Solutions International, NASCO Healthcare, Philips, PRESTAN Products, WorldPoint and ZOLL. Every two years, the Citizen CPR Foundation holds its international Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit, formerly the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU), which features the latest information and trends in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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Media Contact:

Katy Schamberger | kryanschamberger@wellingtonexperience.com | 816.809.4474

Live CPR Training, Survivor Stories Among Highlights of CPR Saves Lives Rally

Join the celebration in Riverfront Park at the Town and Country Resort as part of Citizen CPR Foundation’s Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit

November 24, 2021

The Citizen CPR Foundation’s Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit is gathering the largest array of lifesaving professionals and sudden cardiac arrest survivors together in one place to celebrate the CPR Saves Lives Rally, happening on Thursday, December 9, in San Diego.

During the rally, to be held from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. in Riverfront Park at the Town and Country Resort, celebrate the lives of frontline medical professionals and sudden cardiac arrest survivors. Hear from Michael Simonsen, Chief of Staff for San Diego City Councilmember Raul Campillo; Co-Medical Directors, Joelle Donofrio, MD, and Chris Kahn, MD; Citizen CPR Foundation leaders; and survivors of sudden cardiac arrest.

Rally attendees will learn hands-only CPR training led by students from Our Lady of Peace Academy while also connecting with local advocacy groups like American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Save A Life, Parent Heart Watch, Project Heartbeat and the San Diego Lifeguards. Local band, Fairfield Fats Band, will also be performing live––at 110 beats per minute, of course.

For the first time in over 30 years, this year’s Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit features a survivor-focused plenary session: The Unspoken Realities of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival: A Roundtable Discussion. This session will be included in a learning track created specifically for sudden cardiac arrest survivors: Community Strategies & Survivorship: Engagement, Awareness & Support.

Celebrate the frontline medical professionals and survivors of sudden cardiac arrest at the Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit. The CPR Saves Lives Rally is a free event and open to the public from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 9, in Riverfront Park at Town and Country Resort in San Diego.

About the Citizen CPR Foundation

Founded in 1987, the mission of the Citizen CPR Foundation is to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest by stimulating effective community, professional and citizen action. The non-profit foundation is supported by donations, including the generous funding of the Citizen CPR Foundation’s Partner Council, each member of which helps to advance the foundation’s life-saving mission through strategic collaborations, initiatives and outreach. The Partner Council includes AED Superstore, the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, Brayden by Innosonian Inc., Defibtech, Laerdal Medical, MD Solutions International, NASCO Healthcare, Philips, PRESTAN Products, WorldPoint and ZOLL. Every two years, the Citizen CPR Foundation holds its international Cardiac Arrest Survival Summit, formerly the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU), which features the latest information and trends in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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Media Contact:

Katy Schamberger | kryanschamberger@wellingtonexperience.com | 816.809.4474

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