Last Thursday night, Feb. 12, Esperanza High School and the surrounding community of Yorba Linda came together as a family to support a phenomenal cause. Every person at the Esperanza High men’s basketball game wore a “Learn for Morgan” purple t-shirt that Wearable Imaging felt proud and honored to produce.
Back on July 8, 2014, Morgan Wilson (17) collapsed from cardiac arrest while warming up at the Anaheim Tennis Center. Eight days later, she died. It is a tragic story, but now, Morgan’s family and friends are trying to use her story to save lives.
Students at Esperanza High School took part in “Love Week” last week; an awareness week led by Morgan’s best friend, Chelsea Parker- who is the founder of the Learn for Morgan Foundation for charity. Learn for Morgan and American Heart Association have partnered to make CPR training a part of the ninth grade curriculum at Esperanza High School.
So far, the program has trained more than 170 people in CPR education. To learn more about the Learn for Morgan Foundation or to make a donation, visit this site.
Morgan’s touching story has even caught the attention of several local news programs. As sad as Morgan’s story is, it is important to learn from it and educate yourself on cardiac arrest symptoms because it could save someone’s life.
Here are some symptoms among many others:
- Fainting and seizers during exercise
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain or racing heart
Here are some facts about cardiac arrest that might shock you:
- It takes EMS an average of eight minutes to arrive at the scene.
- Only 32% of cardiac arrest victims receive by-stander CPR.
- Only 2% of cardiac arrest victims are treated with AED by by-standers.
- 54% of cardiac arrest victims are high school students.
- 9 out of 10 cardiac arrest victims die.
- 1 student dies of cardiac arrest every three days.
- People who die each year from sudden cardiac arrest is roughly equivalent to the number who die from Alzheimer’s disease, assault with fire arms, breast cancer, cervical cancer, diabetes, HIV, house fires, motor vehicle accidents, prostate cancer, and suicides COMBINED.