Stayin’ Alive with Hands-Only CPR

By: PaKou Lee, Red Cross volunteer and RCYP member

Get CPR Red-y this fall with our Red Cross Young Professionals Group of NEW (RCYP).


Our one year of RCYP is coming up at the end of September and we want to celebrate it with YOU! As part of our mission to Give, Guide and Provide, we are giving back to our community by teaching hands-only CPR!

Please join us on Wednesday, September 30th at the Red Cross Appleton Office! Get trained on how to #SaveALife in only 10 minutes. Enjoy food and drinks with the RCYP members, local volunteers and guests. Learn more about what we do as young professionals in the Northeast WI community and how you can be part of the club! (Don’t be nervous – we’re laid back and fun! I promise!)

Sign up now! Don’t forget to bring a friend! For questions, please contact Jennessa Heiting,
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We also want to share with you some of our highlights from our first year!

  • We started with our kick-off party last September and created holiday cards for the Holiday Mail for H11201835_839042179537301_5780583661192536279_neroes campaign in November.
  • We volunteered for Dancing with Our Stars 2015 main event- working backstage for social media and videos, collecting votes and recording the dances.
  • RCYP raised $500 for the Red Cross – we filled out the Best of the Bay results for the Press-Gazette and co-hosted with Current for an networking event.
  • We hosted a Thank-a-Thon- called local sponsors to thanked them for their donations and spread awareness about Giving Day.
  • We also volunteered for the Packers 5k at the water station and recently worked with youths for the Pillowcase Project, guiding children on creating a pillowcase kit for fire safety and needs.
  • RCYP took 2nd place in Current’s Bench Challenge, hosted by the Green Bay Area Habitat Young Professionals. All thanks to Ben and Dan for building the bench and taking a selfie!
  • One of our members, Dan Terrio is a part of the Dancing with Our Stars 2016 campaign and we are ready to show our support!

We hope to see you on the 30th! Don’t forget to bring a friend! For questions, please contact Jennessa Heiting,

RCYP enjoying an outside evening concert, hosted by Heritage Hill.

RCYP enjoying an outside evening concert, hosted by Heritage Hill.

WYSO Percussion Extravaganza featuring World Renowned Snare Drum Artist, Jeff Queen

The Event Will Benefit the Badger Chapter of the American Red Cross

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Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) will present the 12th annual Percussion Extravaganza on Saturday, March 2, at 1:30pm in UW-Madison’s Mills Concert Hall. This year’s Extravaganza, “Heart Beats,” will celebrate the life-saving skills taught by the American Red Cross and the “beats” that energize all percussion music. The Percussion Ensemble received training in Hands Only CPR during their rehearsals, and will help the event’s audience learn the correct compression tempo for this important skill when they perform an arrangement of the BeeGees’ “Stayin’ Alive.”

The Percussion Extravaganza will also feature world renowned snare drum artist Jeff Queen, who has appeared in Broadway’s  Blast!, on The Late Show with David Lettermen, and at the 2001 NBA All-Star Game. In addition to performing solo repertoire, he will present a morning clinic for the WYSO Percussion Ensemble and perform “Cuban Concerto” with the young musicians at the concert.   

The Percussion Ensemble will perform audience-engaging, diverse repertoire by Antonin Dvořák, Andrew Stout, Bela Fleck, the Bee Gees, and recently departed jazz legend Dave Brubeck.  The UW World Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Professor Anthony DiSanza will also perform. 

The 12th Annual Percussion Extravaganza will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 1:30pm in Mills Concert Hall at the UW Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St., Madison. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/youth, available at the door or online at

At the event, the Red Cross will have numerous Health and Safety, Disaster Action Team, and Service to the Armed Forces materials on display.  Donation baskets will also be available. 

Parking is available at State Street Campus Ramp, Helen C. White, and Grainger Hall parking facilities.  For further directions and information, please contact the WYSO office, (608)263-3320, x 11 or visit

CPR – Know It When You Need It

If you were one of the 25 percent of Americans who have been in a situation where someone needed CPR, would you know what to do? During National CPR and AED Awareness Week (June 1-7) and throughout the year, the American Red Cross encourages people to take CPR/AED training to learn how to save a life.

The ability to perform CPR can make a lifesaving difference when someone suffers a cardiac or breathing emergency. Here are a few stories from people who now know how important that knowledge can be.

“Many years ago while I was in college, I volunteered as an assistant coach for the high school softball team,” Jane wrote. “I was watching a game on a hot and humid Iowa evening when suddenly there was a commotion in the dugout. The catcher had gone down. I had extensive Red Cross training so the coach asked me to help. The catcher was in trouble.

“Her breathing was very sporadic, so I started rescue breathing and asked for my head coach to call the fire rescue unit. Others helped cool her by providing shade. Her parents were standing over me, screaming and crying. I kept working until the rescue team took over ten minutes later. I had a sinking feeling that I was going to lose this little girl but thank God for miracles. She was able to make it to the hospital and survived. What would have happened without that Red Cross  training? Red Cross rocks!”

It was the opening day of the 2003 trout season in Pennsylvania when Rita used her Red Cross training to help save a life. She was at a lake with crowds of others fishing, when she heard a faint cry for help. “An older woman was sitting on a porch, the man next to her in obvious distress,” Rita said.

“I ran over and had two men help me get him to the ground. I didn’t know if there was any hope, but I unbuttoned his shirt and did three chest compressions. As I tilted his head back to give him a breath, he sucked air into his lungs and I saw life returning to his eyes and color come back into his skin. A few minutes later, responders arrived and he was in good hands. I have never needed my CPR training before that day or since, but will be forever grateful that I at least had the confidence to try.”

Teri used her training to save her grandson’s life. “Andrew was seven years old when he tried to catch a grape in his mouth. He caught it and we all clapped, but he didn’t reply,” Teri said. “He dropped to the ground and I jumped up and rolled him over. His lips were turning blue and he had the most terrifying look on his face. I was scared, but because of my training I didn’t panic.

“I checked his air way and there was no way to reach in and grab it, so I rolled him over and gave him two sharp blows between his shoulder blades. The grape didn’t budge so I gave him some abdominal thrusts and that grape shot out like a bullet. He gasped for air, grabbed me and held on so tightly, tears ran down both our faces. Thank you for teaching me all I know because it allowed me to hear my grandson say afterward ‘Grandma I couldn’t breathe. I love you grandma’. He is alive today because of the knowledge I learned in your CPR/First Aid training class. God Bless the American Red Cross.”


The Red Cross trains millions of people each year in CPR and AED and offers several training options, including a 30-minute Citizen CPR class which teaches Hands-Only CPR and full CPR training. All First Aid, full CPR and AED training carry a 2-year certification. You can find more information and register for a class by visiting the CPR and AED page on our web site.

In addition to training, the Red Cross can help you obtain an AED for your home, business or organization and offers AED program management, maintenance and service.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at