SC Saves Lives was a huge success!

Our first annual “SC Saves Lives” event on March 7th was a huge success!  We’re so excited about the 118 people that were trained in Citizen CPR and the 48 people who donated blood, giving us the total of 39 units of blood collected!  Thank you to the Colonial Life Arena for hosting our event and partnering with us in our efforts to help save lives.  We are also thankful to Colonial Life Accidental Insurance, WIS News 10, WXRY 99.3 FM and The State for sponsoring our free lifesaving event!

A proud donor hugs a Red Cross staff member after donating blood.

Participants practicing their technique and listening carefully to the Citizens CPR instructor, Stanley Dowling.

What is Citizen CPR?

In 2011, the Red Cross launched the new Citizen CPR lifesaving training.   Also referred to as “hands-only CPR,” the potentially lifesaving technique involves no mouth-to-mouth contact and is best used in emergencies where someone has seen another person suddenly collapse.  The hands-only technique increases the likelihood of surviving cardiac emergencies that occur outside medical settings.

We were able to provide this training free-of-charge through the generous support of Colonial Life Accidental Insurance.   Thank you Colonial Life for making our community a safer place!

A group of participants learn the Citizen CPR technique.

One of the 118 people that learned how to perform Citizen CPR.

“The mission of the Red Cross is simple—to help people in need, and during this year’s Red Cross month we hope to build awareness of our mission and ensure that our community is ready for emergency situations.”            

Scott R. Salemme, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Columbia Region

Our wonderful volunteers and staff working the Disaster Relief information booth.

For more information on the Red Cross, Citizens CPR or to make a blood donation appointment,  please visit or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

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