heart of edmonds 500 challenge

Training 500 Edmonds residents in CPR this summer is the goal of a partnership between Fire District 1, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, and the Nick of Time Foundation.

When someone you love has a heart attack or cardiac arrest, every second counts. Even when bystanders call 911 and Fire District 1responds within minutes, the clock is ticking.

If you can start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before paramedics arrive, you double the victim’s chance of survival.

You can learn hands-only CPR in just 10 minutes. Hands-only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. Hands-only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR with mouth-to-mouth in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest.

The class on CPR includes practice with an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED). AEDs make CPR even easier and more effective, and they are designed for anyone to follow the instructions. Machines are located at every school and field in the Edmonds School District, and in public buildings such as libraries, police stations, and ferry terminals.

Nick of Time Foundation

While most victims of sudden cardiac arrest are older, some are young. The Nick of Time Foundation was started in Mill Creek after the death of a high school athlete. The Nick of Time Foundation facilitates youth heart screenings, helps to funding for public access defibrillator programs and teaches the importance of early bystander CPR/AED education and awareness.

Melinda Traux’s son died of cardiac arrest during a Meadowdale High School gym class in 2013. She has turned her tragedy into action as a supporter of the Nick of Time Foundation and the Heart of Edmonds 500 challenge.

Edmonds Chamber of Commerce

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is also supporting the effort. Several members have survived heart attacks, or known others who haven't.

“We need every one of us to learn CPR,” Traux told the chamber at the Heart of Edmonds kickoff in May.