It’s no surprise that the Buffalo Bills are choosing to team up with the American Heart Association. In fact, I think a lot of people were anticipating this announcement, and we couldn’t be prouder of our favorite football team. 

The Buffalo Bills and the American Heart Association will work together to improve the chance at surviving cardiac arrest. 

The last year, we have seen and heard stories of those who are in our community experiencing cardiac arrest, including but not limited to Kim Pegula and Damar Hamlin. And it’s not necessarily rare; most cardiac arrests occur in your own home. According to Excelsior Management, an emergency rescue service in Buffalo, “70% of sudden cardiac arrest happens at home,” which means the life you save will likely be a loved one! 

"We are very excited and proud to announce our partnership with the American Heart Association, with the goal of working together to help increase the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest,” the Bills EVP/COO Ron Raccuia via the official website for the Buffalo Bills.

There will be two CPR training sessions this summer, supported by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY. All ages are welcome and will include Hands-Only CPR training, along with family friendly activities. 

The first training will be held on June 3 at Highmark Stadium, which is the week of National CPR and AED Awareness Week. The second training will be the following week on June 10 at Johnnie B. Wiley Pavilion. 

The events are free, as they are meant to train you in order to protect your loved ones, neighbors, and friends. However, you do have to reserve a ticket in advance.  

If you’d like to sign up for the training, you can click here

Some other planned initiatives, according to the Buffalo Bills website, are: 

  • 2 trainings per month with local community organizations with a focus on vulnerable and under-resourced communities. 
  • Distribution of 200 CPR and First Aid in Youth Sports Training Kits to local sports organizations along with the development of a cardiac response plan with the help of the American Heart Association
  • American Heart Association will provide Hands-Only CPR training and educational information to fans at training camp this summer
  • 1 large scale training at the American Heart Association's CycleNation at ADPRO Training Center this fall
  • Annual Buffalo Bills staff training
  • PSA's and other awareness efforts around a home Bills game and throughout the year

You can read more about the initiative here

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