ACA and Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation Partner for AED Camp Scavenger Hunt

June 6, 2017
Post to Instagram with #ProtectKidsHearts, name of camp and location of the AED

TENAFLY, N.J.— June 6, 2017 — The Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) in partnership with the American Camp Association (ACA) and One Beat CPR, celebrates National CPR and AED Awareness Week (June 1-7) with a summer-long scavenger hunt to findautomated external defibrillators (AEDs) at camps across the nation. This national initiative will call attention to the importance ofquickly locating an AED during a cardiac emergency.

This is the fourth year CCF is sponsoring the scavenger hunt to raise awareness of AEDs. To participate, campers search for an AED at their camp, take a photo with themselves and the AED, and then post it with the hashtag #ProtectKidsHearts on social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The CCF scavenger hunt not only stresses the importance of having an AED at camp, but the need for everyone at camp to know its exact location and know what to do in a cardiac emergency. CCF Founder Lisa Yue understands the importance of emergency preparedness and early defibrillation, as she lost two sons to cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that is the leading cause of sudden cardiac arrest in the young. Many times, children with cardiomyopathy do not have obvious symptoms and are not diagnosed, putting them at risk for a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

"Unfortunately, so many young lives are lost each year to SCA due to lack of an emergency plan and training," says Lisa Yue, founding executive director of CCF. According to the American Heart Association, only six percent of children who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survive. "By encouraging campers and staff around the country to locate their AEDs and understand how to use it, we could improve the overall response rate and more lives could be saved," adds Ms. Yue.

"The ACA is committed to helping camps provide a safe environment for campers and helping campers learn valuable life lessons," says Tom Rosenberg, ACA’s chief executive officer. "This AED initiative teaches campers what an AED looks like and how it can help save a life — a powerful tool to learn at camp and use the rest of their lives."

To join the scavenger hunt, locate an AED near you and post to the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation’s Facebook and Twitter page @CCFheartkids with the hashtag #ProtectKidsHearts and your AED location and state.

Download the AED Camp Hunt Flyer

About The Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation
The Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) is a national non-profit dedicated to finding causes and cures for pediatric cardiomyopathy. CCF started in 2002 with one family’s determination to call attention to this poorly understood heart disease and to take action on the lack of medical progress and public awareness. Since then, CCF has raised more than $11 million for research and education initiatives, and grown into a global community of families, physicians and scientists focused on improving diagnosis,
treatment and quality of life for children with cardiomyopathy.

About ACA
The American Camp Association® (ACA) is a national organization with more than 11,000 individual members and 3,000 member camps.  ACA is committed to collaborating with those who believe in quality camp and outdoor experiences for children, youth, and adults.  ACA provides advocacy and evidence-based education and professional development, and is the only national accrediting body for the organized camp experience.  ACA accredits approximately 2,400 diverse camps nationally.  ACA-Accredited® Camps meet up to 300 health and safety standards.  Accreditation provides public evidence of a camp’s commitment to the health, safety, and overall well-being of both campers and staff.  For more information, visit www.ACAcamps.org.