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Harrison Hugs, Inc: Kathie Parks

Harrison Hugs was created out of the legacy of my son, Harrison.  My son died of a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in March 2014 at the age of 16.  He was an avid cross country runner.  He was known for helping others and his great hugs.  After researching SCA, I learned AEDs (automated external defibrillators)--and good CPR-- could make the difference between survival and death.  I also come to realize AEDs where not mandated in schools in the state of California.  Now knowing an athlete falls victim to SCA every 3-4 days, and a lack of an essential part of the chain of giving back life, I knew something had to be done.  Hence the non profit organization.  We started in July 2014 and by February 2015 we helped place over 50 AEDs in the local school district and help train almost 200 staff members in CPR/AED training.  We also donated 5 AEDs to local privates schools and youth organization.  When we donate an AED, we provide the first year of required monitoring as well.  Harrion's legacy continues to this day with the efforts of all of us at Harrison Hugs.  We are no where near reaching our goal, but are heading in the right direction.

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