On a cold, snowy evening this past February, local veterinarian Deb Schneider attended the Sheboygan Dog Training Club Awards Banquet at the Town & Country. It included a lovely dinner with awards to follow. Then, out of the blue, someone shouted out: “Is Jean here?” Deb realized that someone was calling for EMS educator Jean Zemke, who’d recently conducted CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training at the dog club.
Deb knew someone was in trouble.
Thanks to Jean’s training, made possible by the Aurora Health Care Foundation’s When Minutes Matter campaign, Deb was able to help fellow attendee and club member Gary Otte, who fell over and stopped breathing. Gary’s wife, Ruth, commented that it all seemed to go by in seconds. But much more time passed while Deb helped Gary regain consciousness. It took 15 minutes for emergency repsonders to arrive.
Emergencies happen everywhere
When you imagine having a medical emergency, you expect to have help at your door step in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for everyone. That’s why Aurora Health Care Foundation launched When Minutes Matter, a $650,000 campaign that aims to improve the infrastructure and emergency medical training in order to empower more people in the community with lifesaving tools, when minutes — even seconds – count.
The When Minutes Matter campaign is dedicated to educating as many people as possible with critical lifesaving skills. Deb, Ruth and Gary are thankful for the campaign and the training it provides. Quite simply, if Deb hadn’t received CPR training, the awards banquet could have ended very differently.
“You never know when something like this might happen in your life, whether you’re at dog club, grocery store, restaurant, work, church…” Deb said. “Life is full of things that you’re not expecting. It may be up to you take action. And you can save a life.” That is why When Minutes Matter, matters.
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