October 2, 2017

SVSU and Pulse 3 Foundation hope to host 500 for CPR Blitz at Saturday’s football game

Saginaw Valley State University’s College of Health and Human Services, the Pulse 3 Foundation in Saginaw, and Blue Cross Blue Shield will partner to provide lifesaving training Saturday, Oct. 7. Using the slogan “500 in 5,” they hope to train 500 people how to perform hands-only CPR training the SVSU home football game that day.

Trained SVSU students and other volunteers will be stationed in a tent outside Wickes Memorial Stadium, leading 5-minute training sessions beginning at 1 p.m., two hours prior to the game's kickoff, and lasting throughout the game.

Beth Roe, SVSU professor of nursing, said CPR training is important.

“More than 350,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest each year in the U.S.,” she said. “Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time, and CPR can double or triple survival rates."

The first 100 participants will receive a free SVSU T-shirt.