Over the years this American Heart Association Long Island Board & Heart Saver Awards Dinner has grown into something that not only thanks people from our Long Island community but continues to inspire everyone involved to continue to do what we do each day. Our Long Island Board installation dinner features the induction of new Long Island Board members to the Long Island Board, which is one of only 22 Gold Standard American Heart Association Boards across the country. For many years now, we have partnered with the Louis J. Acompora Memorial Foundation, specifically John & Karen Acompora, who lost their son Louis to commotio cordis when he was 14, to highlight saves that have taken place across Long Island. Because of Louis’ Law that they helped pass, 88 lives have been saved in NYS schools because of it. We help bring together the people that were saved with those who helped save them. This year, for the first time, we incorporated our American Heart Association Lifestyle Change Awards which presented to an individual who have made significant healthy lifestyle changes.
One of the highlights of the evening was being able to announce that after starting efforts in 1999, on September 17, 2015, New York signed the CPR in Schools law meaning that New York is the 26th state with this law, meaning that more than 50 percent of the nation’s students will be learning Hands-Only CPR – that’s some 1.5 million students.
For more information on your local American Heart Association, visit www.heart.org/LongIsland.