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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Learn Hands-only CPR and save a life! Free training at Cape Cod Mall on January 19.

BARNSTABLE (MA) January 14, 2019 – A trip to the Cape Cod Mall on Saturday, January 19, 2019, will bring double benefits as the Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will offer free “Hands-only” cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the main corridor just outside of Macy’s.

Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an out-of-hospital setting. This technique can be taught in less than 10 minutes and can save lives. 

MRC Director Diana Gaumond reports that “90% of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest will die. Effective CPR provided by a bystander in the first few minutes after cardiac arrest will increase the chance of survival by two to three times but fewer than 20% of Americans know how to perform effective CPR. This is why we’re so passionate about giving people the training to be able to save the life of their own—or someone else’s—loved one.”

MRC’s goal is to teach Hands-only CPR to as many people as possible and they hope visitors to the Cape Cod Mall on January 19 will seek them out in the main corridor just outside of Macy’s. The team of volunteers has taught at the Barnstable County Fair and is reaching out to other groups and community events to provide teaching opportunities. Please call Diana Gaumond at 508-375-6641 to schedule training. Learn more about Hands-only CPR from the American Heart Association.

“We hope to reach a lot of people at the Cape Cod Mall on January 19,” says Director Gaumond. “Please come by to learn this life-saving technique and look into the possibility of becoming an MRC volunteer.”

MRC Mission

The mission of the MRC is to engage volunteers to strengthen public health, emergency response, and community resiliency. The MRC units are made up of locally based, medical and non-medical volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to promote healthy living throughout the year, and to prepare for and respond to emergencies. MRC volunteers supplement existing local emergency and public health resources. Visit the Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps website.

Volunteer for the MRC

Volunteering for the MRC is easy. Contact Diana Gaumond at 508-375-6641 or Marypat Kane-Oropallo at 508-375-6977 for more information. Ready to apply? Download the MRC Volunteer Application.