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Starting Hearts announces college partnership

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GERELEY — Starting Hearts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Avon, and Alpha Phi Delta Gamma Chapter of the University of Northern Colorado have announced the completion of a memo of understanding to cooperate in the development of a first-of-its-kind college affiliate program to address the issue of sudden cardiac arrest on campus.

The agreement calls for the creation of a sustainable long-term program to prepare citizens in the community to act as citizen first responders when needed to provide early care while emergency medical personnel are en route. Starting Hearts' personnel will work with the sorority's membership in education, defibrillator placement, and community outreach activities. The parties plan to create a template that will become a model for other college campuses where Alpha Phi chapters reside.

"We are so excited to partner with the wonderful women of Alpha Phi at (Northern Colorado) in this most important work. Shockingly, we lose a student-athlete every three days, a tragic and unnecessary loss," Starting Hearts founder and sudden cardiac arrest survivor Lynn Blake said.

"The Delta Gamma chapter of Alpha Phi at the University of Northern Colorado is excited to collaborate with Starting Hearts," Chapter President Shannon Miller said. "We are looking forward to having our members trained in CPR and DEFIB and in turn share that training and knowledge with the members of our campus community."

The two organizations have formed a working committee and will prepare plans for program launch over the summer, with an official start when classes begin again in the fall of 2017. 

For more information, go to http://www.startinghearts.org.