“Life is a continuous learning adventure”
Our scouting outdoors adventures.
Lessons from my mended heart
On July 2007 I had a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) while camping with our Boy Scouts Troop 182 at Woodruff Scout Reservation. I was saved by the grace of God, the prompt action of Scouts leaders who applied CPR to me and Scouts who organized themselves to remain calm. They called the camp EMS person who came with an AED, and lighted the road to our campsite with flashlights to guide the ambulance.
The full story of my SCA is published in the website of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA). I am member of SCAA’s speakers bureau and the SCAA Support Community. You can also read it in my blog under Double-blessed Scoutmaster. See my SCAA Inspire Support Community discussion group
I also want to share the 2008 Annual Report of the American Heart Association (AHA). This is part of my commitment and we need your support to spread the voice about heart issues, emergency preparedness, CPR and AED training, and healthy living. Our son Eagle Scout Alejandro Lepervanche and I share the cover of the AHA annual report and the article is on pages 10 and 11 of the report (14 and 15 of the PDF file). Go to heart.org > About Us > Annual Report or follow this link.
I am speaking about these issues to promote AHA and Red Cross CPR/AED training in local churches, seminars, youth groups, colleges, and scouts. My story was featured in “Scout Signs”, a TV program of the BSA North Florida Council. I also attended the University of Scouting in Jacksonville and delivered four talks to the Emergency Prepareness, Wilderness Survival, CPR, and Youth Leadership classes.