We have found that the more we are able to talk to groups to explain PAD programs, the greater their acceptance. Thus, we have taken nearly every opportunity given us to talk to church groups, resort personnel, civic organizations, businessmen, nursing homes, school nurses, elementary and high school students, and anyone else who has invited us.
Spreading the Message
We have been honored for our efforts by the Monroe County Bar Association, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the American Resort Development Association, Cardiac Arrhythmia Research and Education, and the Pennsylvania Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. These honors are greatly appreciated because each one offers another opportunity to reach someone who might not recognize the value of AEDs. When we donate an AED to a school, we ask to make the presentation during a regular school board meeting. School board members walk away with a whole new perspective after hearing our story.
Publicity & Media Coverage
We have written a number of articles and pamphlets that have been distributed and a number of newspaper and magazine articles have been published about Greg and the Fund (See Media). Every article that is written helps raise public awareness one more notch. Once awareness increases, things really start to happen.
Through the generosity of Adams Outdoor Advertising we have embarked on a public awareness campaign using billboards.
Adams has agreed to donate space on some of their unused billboards so that we can spread the message about the need for AEDs in schools. This is a powerful reminder that schools need to do everything in their power to protect their most valuable commodity.