The Monmouth Journal
“CHASE For Life
video premiers at Two River Film Festival”
Paddy the Penguin is a lovable character. He’s cute, well
spoken and really the knows a lot about the basics of C.P.R and the
Heimlich maneuver. He had better, because he is the star of a new video
entitled “How to Save a Life”.
The video, which seeks to teach life-saving procedures in a fun and
easy-to-remember way, is the brainchild of Farley Boyle of Little
Silver, who founded her organization after her two-year-old daughter
was saved from drowning because her husband knew CPR. After the event,
Boyle, wanting to do something drastic that would change the statistics
of preventable deaths statewide, established her organization to better
educate people about CPR and Heimlich procedures that are proven,
easy-to-learn life-saving techniques. C.H.A.S.E. stands for CPR
Heimlich Awareness Safety Education and it’s also the name of
Farley’s two-year-old little girl.
“How to Save a Life”, cleverly produced by ZCreative Tribeca Production
Studios in New York, debuted this weekend at the Two River Film
Festival’s Children’s Festival at Monmouth
University’s Pollack Auditorium. In just under eighteen
minutes, this fun introduction to life-saving teaches its viewers young
and old, the important steps in performing the procedures that could,
one day, save a life. In the film, Paddy and his friends at the zoo
illustrate exactly how to save a life. They also make it fun and
memorable by singing about it, repeating important points so that
children and adults won’t forget the necessary steps, should
they ever need to use them.
Boyle’s long-term goal is to provide the video at no cost to
hospitals throughout the state in order to provide new mothers with
infant/child CPR and Heimlich training before they are discharged with
their newborns. And health care company, Meridian Health likes the idea.
According to John Lloyd, President and CEO of Meridian Health,
C.H.A.S.E. for Life is a natural fit for Meridian which oversees three
local hospitals: Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Jersey Shore
University Medical Center in Neptune and Ocean Medical Center in Brick.
“ We immediately recognized the passion and vision behind
this initiative and believe that it will be a valuable tool for
thousands of patients and their families,” he said.
Rich Hader, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Office for Meridian
and Bill Faverzani, Corporate Director of Child Services for Meridian
were both on hand at the film’s debut. “We are very
excited about the potential for this short film, “ said
Hader, who hopes that, through the light-hearted presentation of the
topic, people will see that no special training is needed to assist
someone in trouble. “Hopefully, people will see that anyone
can do this,” he offered.
Bettina Forbes, of Little Silver, saw the debut of “How to
Save a Life,” with her young son Raymond. “It was
great,” she said, “I think most of us know that we
should learn these things, but most people don’t want to
think about it. The thought of this kind of emergency is scary-
especially to anyone with young children.” Forbes found that
the light treatment and happy tone of the film helped make the topic
less frightening. “I think more people will know what to do
after they’ve seen it. It’s easy to
remember,” she said and her son Raymond liked it, too.
If Farley Boyle has her way, anyone with contact with young children
will get to see “How to Save a Life.” Hopefully,
Paddy the penguin and his friends will become familiar to parents and
children across New Jersey. “If people remember only 20
percent of what they learned here today, they have an 80 percent chance
of saving a life one day,” says Boyle.
For more information on “How to Save a
Life” contact C.H.A.S.E. for Life through their website at
or call 1-888-547-4460.