We have some great news to share with you all!
First, we have received word that the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittee approved its annual appropriations bill with $2.5 million set aside to fund the Rural Access to Emergency Devices Program. This program provides much needed grants to rural areas in the US to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs), train lay rescuers and first responders in their use, and place them in public areas.
We've sent several action alerts about this program and the appropriations bill and you have been wonderfully diligent in contacting your representatives. We want to thank you for your dedication and congratulate you for your contributions to this victory. However, we cannot let our efforts fade as the year continues! The appropriations process will continue into the late fall as the House has not yet acted, and a conference to rectify the differences between the House and Senate bills must take place. We urge you to continue working with us to keep this important program alive. We will be reaching out to you soon with more details about how you can continue to support these efforts.
Second, please be sure to save the date for the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition (SCAC)
awareness event, "Take a Stand Against Sudden Cardiac Arrest", happening in Washington, D.C. on October 26, 2011 from 4-6 PM in the Rayburn Foyer on Capitol Hill. Please contact Adrienne Butterwick at Adrienne@sads.org
if you are interested in attending this event.
You are all amazing individuals and together we are making a big difference!
Have a great weekend,
Alice, Laura, Christine, Sarah, Anne, Adrienne, Amy, and Brandon
The SADS Foundation