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"Fair Haven PTA to Sponsor C.H.A.S.E. for Life Workshop in CPR"

Thankfully this story has a happy ending. What could have turned out to be one family's unthinkable tragedy was averted, thanks to quick thinking , and knowledge of infant/child CPR and Heimlich. The story can be truly appreciated and told from a mother. That mother is Farley Snow Boyle, of Little Silver, and accomplished model, mother and wife. The tale in Farley's words goes like this: "on August 28th, 2005, the day after I arrived home from the hospital with my new baby girl, I almost lost my daughter Chase, to a near drowning accident. What should have been a great fishing adventure turned into a near tragedy, prevented by several miracles and the quick response of my husband and his education in infant/child CPR and Heimlich. The smartest decision I ever made while pregnant with my first child was enrolling my husband and I in an optional infant CPR course. After living through this terrifying ordeal and witnessing what could have become the end of our perfect lives, we realized that we were given a second chance. We created C.H.A.S.E. for Life hoping that our experience will empower others to help prevent needless deaths in children."

The Fair Haven PTA will sponsor a free C.H.A.S.E. for Life workshop on April 19, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at Kick Fitness in Fair Haven. Bill Acker of the Fair Haven F.A.S. will lead the program, and instruct and inform on child/infant CPR and Heimlich. An evening program will be offered at Point Road School in Little Silver. Babysitting will be available at the 1:00 p.m. session. Everyone is encouraged to attend and children under 7 are invited with an adult. The program will be approximately 1 ½ hours in length.

Drowning and choking are the two leading causes of unintentional injury related deaths in children under the age of fourteen. Children and drown in as little as one inch of water. The average ambulance response time in the United States is 10-12 minutes. Brain damage will most likely occur in a child due to loss of oxygen in only 6-10 minutes. If you retain only 20% of what you learn and apply that to a child in crises you have an 80% chance of saving their life.

"My life flashed before my eyes during those few minutes: it seemed like eternity," said Farley. "My family got a second chance, so many people don't," she continued. "We are so happy to bring some goodness our of a very bad situation, and educate and raise awareness in communities throughout the country," Farley said. Additional information can also be found at www.chaseforlife.org. A little knowledge goes a long way, here is living proof.

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